Published On: Sat, May 2nd, 2020

Pay NHS heroes what they deserve! Britons back payrise for carers at centre of pandemic | UK | News

The British public are prepared to pay more in taxes to reward their heroism, and also supports a Remembrance Day to commemorate all who have perished during the pandemic. The research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies found that nearly eight out of 10 people in Great Britain (78 percent) said all NHS staff, doctors, nurses and carers should receive a pay rise, with a mere 13 percent disagreeing. More than seven out of 10 (71 percent) said they would be willing to pay more in tax to fund this pay rise, with just 29 percent opposed.

The findings will come as an encouragement to health workers on the frontline.

Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “All our health and care staff will be heartened to hear that there is such a huge amount of support from the public for their pay to be increased. Nursing staff have always gone above and beyond in the care of their patients and when this is all over we are sure ministers will listen to the views of the public and pay nurses what they deserve.”

People also want a Remembrance Day when those who lost their lives in the pandemic can be remembered.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) backed the proposal, with only 22 percent opposed.

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The research sheds a new light on how people across Great Britain are coping with the lockdown.

When asked what they missed, seeing family came first (69 percent), ahead of seeing friends (62 percent), shopping (49 percent), and travelling to other parts of the UK (46 percent).

In a sign that many people’s holiday plans have been wrecked by the pandemic, 36 percent said they missed going to other countries – more than those who missed going to the pub (35 percent), watching sporting events on television (27 percent), going to work or school (21 percent) or attending sporting events (18 percent).

Only 17 percent missed going to concerts and just 15 percent missed going to the theatre.

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Forty-three percent of people thought the PM’s return made it “more likely” the UK Government would deal with the pandemic successfully, with only 14 percent saying “less likely”

There is general confidence that the Government has a plan to tackle the outbreak.

Only 23 percent are “not all confident” while 59 percent are moderately or somewhat confident, and 17 percent are “highly” confident.

There is nervousness about relaxing the lockdown.

More than six out of 10 people (62%) were “worried that if the current measures are relaxed at all, it will do worse damage to the United Kingdom’s economy and overall health than extending them.”

There is still significant public confidence in the scientific advice the Government uses as the basis for its decisions

More than one in five people (22 percent) were highly confident, 67 percent were moderately or somewhat confident, and just 12 percent were not at all confident.

Only around one in three people (34 per cent) were optimistic the economy can quickly recover when he lockdown ends. Nearly half (48 percent) were not.

The research also confirmed the reputation of the World Health Organisation has taken a hammering as a result of the crisis.

Nearly six out of 10 (57 percent) said the pandemic has “highlighted the failings” of the WHO and shows “why it needs to be replaced with something else”.

This comes on the heels of the Sunday Express revealing the Trump administration has had preliminary discussions about a plan to set up a rival organisation to the WHO.

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