Government must do more to protect NHS staff from the rising cost of living, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Last reviewed: 2 April 2022
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Responding to the news that an NHS hospital has set up a food exchange for staff struggling with the rising cost of living, Devender Khurana, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and BMA East of England regional council chair, said:

"The fact that NHS staff, who spend their working lives caring for others, cannot afford to feed themselves and their families is a terrible indictment of this government’s cavalier attitude to the impact its policies have on so many in society.

"NHS staff deserve to be remunerated fairly for their work and should not have to worry about putting food on the table at the end of their shifts. The Government must urgently address this by delivering a fair pay award above inflation for NHS staff that accounts for the rising cost of living, and by taking greater action to bring food and fuel prices under control.

"The rising cost of living is increasing health inequalities and intensifying the strain on NHS services and support is needed across the UK to limit its impact on the nation’s health."

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The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.