AN Opinium poll published on Monday shows that the overwhelming majority – 72 per cent – of those surveyed think the one per cent pay rise that’s been offered to NHS workers in England is too low.
A fifth (20 per cent) say it’s about right, while only four per cent reckon it is too high. The proposed increase even faces criticism from Conservative voters, with 58 per cent thinking it should be more generous.
However, given the dire state of the nation’s finances after nearly a year of crippling lockdowns, the poll could also be interpreted as reading: ‘Seventy-two per cent of the population don’t realise we’re totally bankrupt.’
Given the hidden backlog of six million patients awaiting treatment due to the NHS Covid-only (and everything can wait) policy, do you think its workers should be in line for any pay rise at all?
And do you sometimes, like me, feel like you’re living on a different planet? Feel free to discuss this and anything else on your mind.