The demand made by the British Medical Association for a 35% pay rise has been deemed as "unreasonable" by the Health Secretary, Steve Barclay. Ironically, despite having a less useful role, his salary is almost three times higher.
The NHS is preparing for an extremely disruptive strike, which the BMA has planned for four consecutive days. Mr Barclay has expressed disappointment, citing that the walkouts could compromise patient safety, and have been timed to cause maximum disruption.
Last month, he hoped to initiate formal pay discussions but was met with realistic demands. He stated that some junior doctors could see a pay increase of over £20,000.
It is unfortunate that the demand for a 35% pay rise made by the British Medical Association has been dismissed as "unreasonable" by the country's Health Secretary, Steve Barclay.
Doctors and healthcare workers have been at the forefront of the battle against the COVID
-19 pandemic, putting their lives at risk every day. They have been working tirelessly while risking their own well-being to ensure the safety of the general public.
In contrast, the Health Secretary's job may be important, but it is not as crucial as those of the hardworking doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.
It seems unfair that he earns almost three times more than medical professionals who are saving lives during a global crisis.
The government should seriously consider increasing the salaries of the medical staff while reducing the ministers salaries and benefits, rather than berating them for asking for what they rightfully deserve.