Matt Hancock has claimed "I bow to nobody in my admiration for nurses" as he defended a 1% pay rise for NHS heroes.
The Health Secretary defended plans for the paltry increase for nurses and other healthcare staff, which has been branded an "insult" to NHS workers after nearly a year battling coronavirus.
And he ruled out a Scotland-style £500 thank you bonus to NHS staff for their hard work during the pandemic
Nurses have threatened strike action over the 1% pay deal, which amounts to a real terms pay cut.
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