Not a case of Hunt micro managing hospitals - more micro harassing them. Surely the CCG's and Healthwatch has a role in this if they feel patients and their visitors are getting a raw deal. The unions should also be actively negotiating exemptions for staff based on need.
£100M is trivial sum in a £100+bn health budget. What would be good to hear is Miliband saying the NHS funding will reflect true inflation and compensate for demands of demographics. Perhaps he has not realised that the NHS is not ring fenced. In the meantime things are set to get worse with 10% cut to the DH admin budget which will affect PC.
Comment on: 'The appetite for pay protests appears strong'
Health workers have been subsidising the finances of the NHS for the last four years. Had they kept up with real inflation (at least RPI) the NHS would have been in a financial crisis two years ago. Think out of the box for industrial action - look at working to contract where patient care is unaffected?
Comment on: Unison votes in favour of ballot over pay action
Unison needs to prioritise non-strike industrial action which is more likely to get both staff and public support. Most staff will be personally unable to take conventional strike action.
Dont know why you are smiling, Matthew, you have a real job of work to do!