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What the papers say – March 6

PA
·2-min read

Most of the papers splash with reaction to the Government’s recommendation of a 1% pay rise for NHS workers.

The threat of industrial action by nurses in response to the offer leads the i weekend and the Daily Express, with the latter describing the proposed increase as “pitiful”.

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The Independent says NHS Providers have accused the Government of “snatching away” the 2.1% pay rise which was promised prior to the pandemic, which the Daily Mirror describes as “Boris’ slap for carers”.

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The Daily Star goes further in its criticism of “short-memoried Bozo” over the move, which the paper says “betrays NHS heroes who saved his life”.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended the small increase as “what’s affordable as a nation” due to the economic toll of coronavirus, according to The Guardian.

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The Times, meanwhile, quotes the head of the UK’s genomics body as saying new variants of Covid-19 are “very unlikely” to stop the country getting back to normal in the summer.

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A permit allowing essential travel only internationally is expected to stop Easter holidays abroad, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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The FT Weekend carries the first hard data showing a steep decline in trade activity between the UK and other large EU countries since the hardening of “Brexit barriers” at the start of the year.

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And the Daily Mail claims the Prime Minister “persuaded Tory chiefs to secretly pay for Carrie Symonds’s makeover of his official flat”.

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