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Underpaid, worn out: UK health workers looking to quit

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, London

England’s healthcare service workers receiving national praise for staying in their job through the grueling days of the pandemic to save lives. An increasing number of them--doctors, nurses and midwives have either quit the service or are actively considering doing so.

The most recent culprit: poor pay. Rejecting a four percent pay increase in the face of soaring inflation, the NHS staff are set to vote for an industrial action.

The plan to privatize the NHS is not piecemeal. It’s wholesale. Labor and Tory are like this; there isn’t a fundamental difference in their attitude.

We’re already facing a winter bed crisis. Now it’s august and it’s only gonna get worse through the winter so there’s an under-provision in order to force people who can’t get adequate care from the NHS into the private sector.

Created by a Labor government after World War II, the NHS is a publicly funded healthcare system---free at the point of need. More than seven decades later, it’s facing acute staff shortages, underfunding, and rapid privatization, meaning the jewel in the crown of England’s social service provision could soon be no more.

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