Mover: Munira Wilson MP (Spokesperson on Health, Wellbeing Social Care).
Summation: Baroness Brinton (Lords Spokesperson on Health, Wellbeing & Social Care).
Motion as passed by conference
Conference recognises the sacrifice and hard work of all NHS staff, who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe throughout this pandemic and have cared for thousands of patients ill with COVID-19.
Conference further recognises the efforts of NHS staff and volunteers in vaccinating millions so efficiently and safely.
Conference notes its disappointment and dismay that the Department for Health and Social Care has recommended that NHS workers receive a pay increase this year of 1% which, as many have noted, amounts to a real-terms pay cut due to the rise in inflation expected this year.
Conference further notes the future pressures on the NHS workforce. Including, the growing backlog of postponed medical appointments, specifically operations and urgent cancer care, and the shortage of nurses and midwives in the NHS, estimated to be 50,000 and 3,000 respectively even before the pandemic.
Conference believes that NHS workers should receive a proper and substantial pay rise above inflation in 2021. Not only as a reward for their service but in an effort to retain experienced staff and attract new members to the workforce.
Conference further believes that increased mental health and psychological support is needed to help front line staff who may have become traumatised or ill over the last year.
Conference reaffirms its gratitude to all NHS staff and health and social care workers.
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