Below is the text of the comments made by Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, on 3 July 2020.
This weekend we celebrate the anniversary of our National Health Service and the incredible staff who make our NHS what it is: our nation’s proudest achievement, and our greatest asset.
In recent months, NHS staff have served selflessly on the frontline against Covid-19. For every life tragically lost, many more have been saved by the actions of our NHS heroes.
That’s why Labour supports those calling on the Government today to make an immediate commitment to pay talks for NHS workers.
We know that valuing our NHS workforce, through fair pay and conditions, is crucial to tackling the many vacancies across the NHS.
And we urge the Government to agree this deal as soon as possible, in recognition of the bravery and sacrifice shown by our healthcare heroes during this crisis.
We cannot clap our carers for weeks, then fail to back it up with meaningful action. We must show our NHS staff the same commitment they have shown our country in its hour of need.