The head of health at the union Unite has hit out at Department of Health plans to halt the proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff this year. Speaking to the Guardian, she accused Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of "trying to emotionally blackmail staff to sacrifice their pay." She said:
Jeremy Hunt is responsible for either undermining the Treasury position or trying to act in an even more draconian way than the Treasury with regards to staff who work across the NHS.
He blames the staff on a regular basis; now he wants to further cut their terms and conditions.
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