A union chief has said that staff and services in South Yorkshire are still in for a ‘difficult time’ despite the NHS being promised an extra £8bn.
Charlie Carruth, regional organiser of union Unison said that if the new cash was ‘re-cycled money’ the it would do nothing to ‘ease the strain’ on the NHS.
He “If this is fresh money then that’s one thing but this extra £8bn could be pushed from other areas.
“It will do nothing to ease the strain currently on the NHS.”
The chancellor, George Osborne also has capped a public sector pay rise at one per cent over four years.
“The rise over the next four years that’s continuing could end up being a loss in real terms.” Mr Carruth added.
“The staff should be listened to and not be shackle them with a four year pay freeze.
“We don’t even know what’s going to happen over the next 12 months never mind the next four years.
“A lot of people have grand visions for the NHS but staff are not being consulted an it seems they are ploughing on.
“They are dedicated people, hard working staff and they are not being listened to in this big re-organisation.
“We are still in for a difficult time.”
The comments come after Unison joined other trade unions in Barnsley yesterday denouncing the chancellor, George Osborne’s budget.
A protest was held outside Barnsley Town Hall as 300 black balloons were be released, one for each local government job lost in Barnsley last year.
Barnsley Unison branch secretary Brian Steele said: “We are seeing the financial destruction of essential public services by this ideological government hatred of the public sector.”