‘How Have You Let It Get To This?’ Sky News Presenter Skewers Steve Barclay On NHS Strikes
HuffPost says Steve Barclay was put on the spot over the government’s failure to end the NHS strikes as consultants and junior doctors prepare to walk out at the same time.
The co-ordinated industrial action – the first of its kind in the history of the health service – is part of the long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
Appearing on Sky News this morning, the health secretary was asked by presenter Jayne Secker: “How have you let it get to this? This is happening on your watch.”
Barclay insisted the government had accepted the recommendations of the independent pay review body “in full”, meaning junior doctors were getting an average rise of 8.8%.