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Why is there such anger over the pay offer to nurses?

The government’s contempt for NHS workers signals to the public what they already suspected: something is rotten in the state of Britain

By Stephen Reicher  

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The 1 per cent pay rise offer to nurses has unleashed an extraordinary wave of opposition. Polling shows that 72 per cent of the public consider the offer inadequate, including 58 per cent of Tory voters. Moreover, 35 per cent of those polled declare themselves “angry.” This Thursday, it is likely that many of the millions who stood and applauded the NHS in the past will gather again to slow handclap this insult to NHS workers.

But why? At a time when the public finances are in such a mess, when millions will be grateful to hang on…

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