“Over a million NHS staff are going to be receiving pay increases over and above that.
“But also, we are facing difficult economic challenges,” he continued.
“We’re facing almost 750,000 people unemployed and we have in, the context of that, decided to exempt the NHS from the public sector pay freeze, which is the only part of the public sector which has been exempted from that.”
Ridge said: “At the same time though, nurses are getting a pay rise of one percent, I mean inflation next year is set to be 1.5 percent so that works out as a pay cut in real terms.
“I can’t help but feel this has got a flavour of Marcus Rashford about it. Everyone can see the U-turn coming, are you just being wheeled out to defend a policy that the government will go back on?” She remarked.