Steffan Lewis reveals FM has not made a single representation to the UK Government
Plaid Cymru AM Steffan Lewis has revealed that the First Minister has not made a single representation to the UK Government to scrap the NHS pay cap, despite claiming that it was something that he was seeking to pursue.
Plaid Cymru challenged the Labour government to honour its manifesto pledge to scrap the NHS pay cap. When challenged by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood a fortnight ago the First Minister stated: “… that the first port of call must be to secure the money from Westminster. Surely we don’t give up on that. That is something that we need to pursue.”
But Steffan Lewis has found in the answer to a written question that the First Minister has not made a single representation to the UK Government to secure the funding.
Plaid Cymru AM Steffan Lewis said:
“The First Minister needs to pull his finger out. He claims he wants to help NHS workers and that he wants to lift the NHS pay cap, but the fact is that he has not taken a single action to make that happen. He has not written one single letter.
“There’s no doubt that public sector pay is under pressure because of the Tory cuts. But rather than crying foul play on the floor of the Assembly the First Minister ought to be taking the fight directly to the Westminster Government.
“If public sector pay is not a priority for Labour after all and they are unwilling to lift the NHS pay cap immediately, then they shouldn’t be making false manifesto commitments.”