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.