Junior doctors pay ‘eroded continuously’ says Plaid Cymru spokesperson

AHEAD of the Junior Doctor strikes in Wales, scheduled to take place between 15-17th January 2024, Plaid Cymru spokesperson for Health and Social Care, Mabon ap Gwynfor MS said:

“Junior doctors have seen their pay eroded continuously and is nearly a third less in real terms today than what it was fifteen years ago. The NHS is nothing without its dedicated workforce, and that workforce deserves to be renumerated properly and to have the right working environment in order to provide the best care that they can. With inflation still running at nearly 6%, a 5% pay offer is another cut in real terms and it’s no surprise that BMA members have decided to take action.

“The decision to take industrial action is not one that they will have taken lightly, and it’s such a profound disappointment to see a Labour Government in Wales failing to grasp the seriousness of the situation as strikes begin today for three days.

“The elephant in the room is that Wales is not fairly funded, meaning we’re unable to pay our public sector workers what they deserve. Plaid Cymru is the only party making this call – to invest in our NHS, and to ensure we are not reliant on decisions made in England.”

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