Justin Madders – 2020 Comments on the NHS People Plan

The comments made by Justin Madders, the Shadow Health Minister, on 30 July 2020.

Ministers have outlined some worthy commitments on staff wellbeing, but without extra funding staff will continue to be overstretched and overworked.

The Government promised a full five-year People Plan with detailed, costed action. This falls a long way short of that.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown just how valuable and loved NHS staff are – it’s time the Government put together a proper solution for recruitment and retention, including the pay talks that NHS workers deserve. The rhetoric on support for NHS staff needs to be matched with action.