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Sunak’s NHS pay rise headache

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NHS chief Simon Stevens today confirmed that the health service budgeted for a 2.1 per cent pay rise this year (rather than the 1 per cent being recommended by the government), putting pressure on the Treasury to stump up more cash. What are their options, how are Tory backbenchers reacting, and can Starmer turn the issue into an effective political attack? Katy Balls speaks to James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.


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