Oxfordshire’s NHS has one of the worst staffing crisis in the country due to the difficulties recruiting and retaining staff because of the very high cost of
living in the area.
The lack of staff is undermining services and patient care, causing bed closures, and increasing stress. Staff are working their days off and holidays
to plug the gaps in services and make ends meet, putting themselves at risk of exhaustion and mistakes.
All of Oxfordshire’s MP’s and employers agree that NHS staff need to be paid a cost of living payment to keep local services running. The question of
an Oxford weighting allowance for NHS staff was debated in Parliament in January. In response the government has said that this year’s pay offer will solve the problem - except it won’t - the majority of staff will be poorer than they are now in 3 years time if they accept the deal.
Thames Valley Police get up to £3000 a year for living in the area. NHS staff should get the same. We can’t let ourselves be fobbed off any longer.
A decade of austerity, under funding and top down reforms have stretched our health service to breaking point. Never has there been a more urgent time in its 70 year history to stand up and fight for what is ours.

Over 300 people joined the Oxford march for the NHS today to demand action over the staffing crisis in Oxfordshire's NHS which has a vacancy rate twice the national average. The march was calling for Oxford weighting to help NHS staff meet the high cost of housing in the county. Unlike London and surrounding areas NHS staff in Oxford receive no extra support. The march and activites building it saw the demand for Oxford NHS staff to get cost of living a payment similar to the £6,500 paid in London covered by the local press and TV.

The march also called for an end to privatisation and government cuts and for increased taxation on the wealthiest to fund the NHS. £236.57 was collected for the UNISON members in Wigan who are on strike today against privatisation of ancillary services. A call was issued for everyone on the march to build the turnout for the national 'Free, for all, forever' celebration and demonstration for the NHS in its 70th year on June 30th. Free seats can be booked on the Oxford transport online at ouh.org.uk/bookings/June30.html or call 07503169657

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