Updated: Mar 7
There are many people that are absolutely fine with the 1% pay increase for NHS workers.
They would point towards the fact that they’ve been working just as a hard and they haven’t received any pay rise at all.
There are many that have lost their jobs or lost their businesses.
None of the other public sector workers have been given a raise.
Given the state of public finances now is not the time to talk about any pay rises at all, and they should be grateful for the 1%.
There are many that would say that saving people is simply part of their job.
The Value of Money
As always the nuances of any discussion are far more complicated than what is in front of us.
Subjects such as the buying power of money; house prices; inflation; food prices, and so on, are inextricably linked to the subject of pay. After all, money is simply a form of exchange.
It is easy to get distracted by the amount of pay versus what that amount can buy.
Really what we are talking about is whether someone who looks after us for a living should, in principle, live in a nice house; can afford nice holidays; wear nice clothes; drive nice cars and buy nice food. It should be noted that (at a guess) most NHS workers choose to be part of the health service as a vocation rather than to afford all of the above.
However, that doesn’t mean to say the question as to whether they shouldn’t be the recipients of an outstanding remuneration package shouldn’t be raised.
To my understanding a worker in the health service does not currently receive a fair remuneration package and cannot afford too much nice of anything.
How we value our health workers is a direct reflection on how we value ourselves
It’s about as a society how we value our health workers, but this value is a direct reflection on how we value ourselves.
If we value ourselves highly then we would naturally put a high value on the people that help us and pay whatever it takes to ensure we are well looked after.
But this decision of course has not been ours to make, it has been the government’s. And these people have tacitly valued us as quite worthless.
The months it takes to get an appointment; the waiting times in A&E; the understaffing and stress caused to the nurses and doctors and the low pay, provide ample material for us to understand this.
As an example, and I am not critical of the care Prince Philip is currently receiving because I believe all people should receive the same level of outstanding care, however, his Royal Highness’s treatment makes it plainly obvious just how much and little value is placed on him and us.
The 1% pay rise is an insult to not just the nurses who have put themselves in harm’s way over a brutal year, but to all of us. That 1% represents the value of our lives, and it seems to me that our lives are worth very little.
Turning to Basic Management skills
When an employee does well they are normally rewarded because that’s what keeps people going among the many other motivational factors.
The 1% is a symbol; a message; and a personal attack to demoralise a workforce. It is crying out to the person “we don’t want you!”
People normally leave organisations when they are badly treated. Most competent and ambitious organisations do not want a person to leave and seek to put things in place to help them fulfil their potential.
On the other hand if you want to destroy an organisation then start with its people, and hit them as directly as possible – their livelihoods. After billions spent on apps, millions wasted on junk PPE with close pals and pay rises to old friends, to state there is no more money is as hard to believe as all the lies we have been fed by the government over the last year. This comes after Johnson and Hancock have provided a shocking level of protection to the very people they are denying the increase to.
If the Board of Adventure Island managed the NHS like Johnson and Hancock we would be in jail
There have been hundreds of NHS deaths directly attributed to COVID.
Many seem to think it was unavoidable, but I can tell you as a Director of a Company whose business it is to keep people safe, this is absolutely not the case.
The board at Adventure Island have a target of zero deaths.
We spend millions each year to ensure we hit our target of zero and everything we do from top to bottom is centred on health & safety.
The millions of visitors that we attract are blissfully unaware of what goes, but I can tell you that all of our thoughts are focused on this 24/7.
If there was one death we would have sleepless nights forever.
Given that the NHS has lost hundreds of frontline staff due to COVID, I wonder just how Johnson and Hancock manage to rest easy.
Johnson should have said to Hancock right at the start that he would not tolerate a single death of a frontline NHS staff member due to COVID, and he will spare no expense in achieving this.
Clearly this conversation did not happen.
From first-hand experience volunteering with my Adventure Island colleagues during the first lockdown, you might have been forgiven for feeling they had nothing but disdain for the NHS workers.
Bear in mind when the virus broke we were all under the impression that COVID was highly contagious and would cause death if contracted. As such we were expecting to see everyone in the hospital with Hazmat suits similar to that in Hollywood films.
As we approached the ‘hot ward’ – the wards cordoned off for COVID patients only – we were instructed to wear the personal protective equipment provided on the table situated before the entrance to the ward.
And what did we find?
We unravelled a tiny blue plastic pinny that wouldn’t have protected against a good spaghetti Bolognese; face ‘coverings’ were no more than what you would find from the local newsagent with zero filtration; and shoe coverings that not even the nurses would wear!
All in all, our survival had nothing to do with the PPE provided. And as we walked into the hot ward it was clear that none of the nurses were anywhere near adequately protected.
Matthew and Boris did not protect us, and I will reiterate, if the board of Directors at Stockvale managed the health & safety of its team like them we would be in jail.
In the case of a single death at any business there would be HSE and police investigations, court cases and very possibly manslaughter charges.
Given the atrocities the government have inflicted upon us, and which they will inevitably get away with, the least they can do is pretend better that they care, and invest in the souls of the people our country rely on to keep us alive and well.
They won’t, of course, and I for one am sick of it. And no amount of Royal treatment could heal my feelings on the subject!
Johnson and Hancock had the easy job: put everything in place to protect the staff from death or injury.
Those on the frontline, who every morning were unsure whether they would be fatally affected by COVID, had the impossible job. Pay them more.
Hospital capacity has wilfully not increased in line with the population of the country over many decades. NHS workers have been grossly underpaid for years. NHS workers were not protected during the pandemic. At least give us a little trickle down and pay them more.
We know the government want to dismantle the NHS. We know they do not value our lives. As much as I don’t like to admit it, we know we are victims.
We have suffered over many years and we have obediently accepted our fates not realising it doesn’t have to be this way. This is not fine and maybe one day someone will stand up against all this. In the meantime, show some compassion and pay them more.
How we value our health workers is a direct reflection on how we value ourselves, and I for one value every single one of us with the highest possible esteem. In light of this I say: pay them more!
After all: remember when they kept you alive Mr Johnson?