The co-leader of the Green Party has called for massive pay rises within the NHS during a visit to a business park in Bristol.
Jonathan Bartley was in Filwood Green Business Park in Knowle West to support the Green candidate for Bristol Mayor, Sandy Hore-Ruthven.
During his visit Mr Bartley called for a 15% pay increase for staff working in the health service following their efforts during the pandemic.
Mr Bartley also called for local test and trace systems instead of the current national app in order to prevent another lockdown.
He praised the efforts of the NHS throughout all stages of the pandemic.
He said: "The NHS can hold its head high because of the way it has administered the vaccine rollout. The NHS as we've seen throughout this crisis has gone above and beyond and it's a service we can be absolutely proud of."
He added: "I think we should go further, we should reward NHS staff with a 15% pay rise, It isn't enough to clap for the people who are putting their lives on the line for all of us.
The Government has already confirmed that a freeze on pay rises will not affect NHS staff.
Candidates for Mayor of Bristol:
Marvin Rees - Labour
Caroline Gooch - Liberal Democrat
Sandy Hore-Ruthven - Green
Alistair Watson - Conservatve
Sean Donnelly - Independent
John Langley - Independent
Tom Baldwin - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Oska Shaw - Rights for Nature Campaign
Robert Clarke - Reform UK