MERSEYSIDE PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION NEWS RELEASE
NHS Protest ‘In The Spirit Of The Suffragettes’
Keep our NHS Public!
On Tuesday April 11 The Merseyside Pensioners Association (MPA) will be leading a chorus of protest in the spirit of the suffragettes before the meeting of the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The MPA is calling on all Merseysiders who are alarmed at continuing cuts in NHS services to join them in the protest. Please assemble with your banners and posters outside the Lewis’s building, Renshaw Street at 1.30pm.
Chair of the MPA Julie Lyon-Taylor said “Liverpool NHS bosses have given themselves a 50% pay increase as a reward for running down our precious NHS meanwhile pensioners are blamed for using too many beds. The reality is that social care has been slashed by the government and many pensioners can’t be sent home because there is no care for them in the community. Everyone is suffering because of privatisation and budget cuts”. She added: “The CCG are a law unto themselves. It is clear in Liverpool they can do as they please and believe they do not answer to anyone. We are determined to raise the issue of the salary increases at the meeting”.
Pensioners decided to protest following the outrageous revelation that the CCG chairman Nadim Fazlani got a £50,000 rise. Most of the pay rises relate to the 2014-15 financial year when the chair’s salary rose from approximately £105,000 to £155,000. Deputy CCG chairman Prof Maureen Williams saw an increase of at least a third, from £70,000-£75,000 to £100,000 while the chief officer and chief finance officer both received rises of about 15%. After six years of pay restraint and a 14% real-terms loss of income NHS workers were recently given a derisory 1% pay increase. This amounts to less than £5 a week for most midwives, nurses, cleaners paramedics, radiographers and other healthcare staff.
For further information contact media officers:
Tony Mulhearn 07939098455 or Phil Maxwell 07884492875