Helen Whately just gave what we thought would be the NHS pay statement and announced nothing on NHS pay
Something odd going on here. Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan says she got the statement at the very very last moment in "contempt" for the house.

"less than an hour ago there were competing briefings on what the deal was going to be but it turned out to be nothing"
Rosena Allin-Khan: “By refusing to offer a pay rise the government risks workers leaving the health service, creating more vacancies, shortfalls during shifts and increased workload for staff who remain”
Rosena Allin-Khan: "Is this really fair on NHS staff who have been sent like lambs to the slaughter without appropriate PPE to work?"
Unions are baffled and furious

Everyone believed it would be announced this lunchtime

Will it now be delayed to September?
Whately: "As she knows, the government asked for recommendations from the NHS pay review bodies and the government is rightly seriously considering those recommendations and we will be responding as soon as we possibly can”.
BREAKING Tories scrap NHS pay rise announcement in last-minute shambles as deal not agreed
mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…
Rachel Harrison of GMB union said: “This is completely outrageous – virtually the last day of Parliament and the Government has insulted hard-working NHS workers once again.
“NHS workers who tuned in to watch the Minister today will be rightly disgusted by this lack of respect.”
Labour MP Andrew Gwynne said: “I’m not sure what the point of this statement actually is. It does seem as though pages two to four have been torn out at the last minute.”
Royal College of Nursing Interim General Secretary Pat Cullen said: “This treatment of our NHS workers is shameful.
"Ministers are holding them in contempt and we have no choice but to condemn this behaviour."
NHS staff HAVE now been officially offered a 3% pay rise

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