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Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth says four day working week will NOT apply to NHS

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Labour’s conception for a four day working week in chaos as shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth categorically says this may per chance maybe well NOT note to NHS workers

  • John McDonnell said Labour wanted a four day week ‘interior the following decade’
  • Jon Ashworth this present day said four day week policy would no longer note to NHS workers
  • He perceived to water down the policy and forged doubt on the 10 year timetable

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

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Labour’s conception to introduce a four day working week had been plunged into chaos this present day after shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said it would no longer note to NHS workers – but John McDonnell said it would.

Mr Ashworth perceived to water down the policy this morning as he said there would be a ‘payment and a overview in 10 years’ time taking a explore at’ the viability of a shorter working week. 

His remarks set him on a collision course with the shadow chancellor who announced the overhaul of working prerequisites at Labour’s annual convention in September and said it may per chance maybe well seemingly be achieved ‘interior the following decade’. 

The shadow chancellor said on the time: ‘The next Labour executive will set in situation the adjustments needed to decrease moderate corpulent-time hours to 32 every week interior the following decade.’

Requested if the NHS would be incorporated in Labour’s conception, Mr Ashworth said this morning: ‘No. It is no longer occurring. There is just not any longer a four day week coming within the NHS.’ 

But valid hours later at a marketing and marketing campaign occasion alongside Mr Ashworth, Mr McDonnell reportedly said the four day week policy ‘will note to everyone’. 

The unprecedented break up on the live of the Labour Party came after the Tories claimed Labour’s NHS spending plans would in point of fact characterize a budget decrease for the health provider. 

Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, this present day said Labour’s four day week conception won’t note to the NHS

John McDonnell, pictured alongside Mr Ashworth in London on November 4, announced the four day week policy at Labour’s annual convention in September. He said the adjustments would be made ‘interior the following decade’

Labour is this present day asserting a £26 billion funding ‘Rescue Conception’ for the NHS because it puts the health provider on the center of its election marketing and marketing campaign. 

The Tories claimed introducing a four day week would payment the NHS £6.1 billion a year which may per chance seemingly mean it would in point of fact be worse off beneath Labour than the Conservatives. 

Matt Hancock, the Nicely being Secretary, said the four day working week would ‘cripple our financial system and worth the NHS billions yearly’. 

Labour has by no formula said it would introduce a four day week from day one of a Jeremy Corbyn-led executive with Mr McDonnell having clearly jam out a 10 year window for the adjustments to be made. 

Mr Ashworth ridiculed Mr Hancock’s claims as he then perceived to rip up Mr McDonnell’s policy. 

He told the BBC: ‘In 10 years’ time when now we delight in raised productivity within the financial system and there will seemingly be an unlimited overview to note if with the adjustments within the work situation, working around automation and issues fancy that, mean that workers across the year can decrease their hours.

‘The premise that there goes to be a four day week within the NHS on December 13 which Matt Hancock used to be suggesting in his press birth closing night used to be valid nonsense, it used to be comic, I could per chance well seemingly no longer think it.’

Requested correct now whether or no longer the NHS would within the lengthy high-tail be phase of Labour’s four day working week plans, Mr Ashworth said: ‘No. It is no longer occurring. There is just not any longer a four day week coming within the NHS.’ 

The interviewer then asked the shadow health secretary: ‘So the NHS is no longer phase, correct now or no longer ever, phase of a four day week conception?’

Mr Ashworth spoke back: ‘No.’

The Labour frontbencher then perceived to forged doubt on Mr McDonnell’s 10 year timetable. 

Requested why Labour is speaking a few four day week if the NHS is no longer phase of it, he said: ‘Because John McDonnell desires to jam up a payment to note if there are systems wherein in 10 years’ time other folks’s working hours may per chance well seemingly also very properly be lowered.

‘So there will seemingly be a payment and a overview in 10 years’ time taking a explore at that.’  

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