Group Leader and Hatfield South West Councillor Kieran Thorpe on the public demonstration in support of higher NHS Staff pay organised by Welwyn Hatfield Trades Council.

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“After the applause and headlines we must ensure these efforts and these people are not forgotten.
Labour is pledging to introduce free permits for NHS and Care workers to ensure they have unrestricted
access to help residents in Welwyn Hatfield”

We were proud to stand alongside Welwyn Hatfield Trades Council and many members of the public to take part in the public demonstration of support for NHS Workers last Saturday.

Standing, socially distanced by the roadside holding placards that denounced the Governments awful record in offering these NHS workers a below inflation pay-rise, it was heartening to see (and hear!) the support offered by passing motorists and pedestrians.

It was telling that even local Conservative Party members joined the demonstration, so wholly out of touch has their Governments handling of this issue been after the whole country spent much of the last 12 months applauding the very same people now being let down.

Welwyn Hatfield Labour Party recognises the debt we owe these people, I was proud to second a motion proposed by Cllr Glyn Hayes at a recent Council meeting calling for the Government to re-think their position. Looking at what can be done locally, Labour is pledging to introduce free permits for NHS and Care workers to ensure they have unrestricted access to carry out their vital work in our Borough.

There is no reward that can truly repay the efforts made by our nurses since the outbreak of Covid-19 – putting their physical and mental health on the line in an unprecedented situation to save lives and keep our loved ones safe. It is the responsibility of politicians locally and nationally to ensure that after the applause and headlines that these heroes and their efforts are not forgotten.

Cllr Kieran Thorpe
Welwyn Hatfield Labour Party

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