Saturday Seven Up There's a Nurse Pilgrim In Every Hospital

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Guido has been doing some digging this week into a Unison representative at St George’s Hospital Tooting. Jane Pilgrim is paid a front line nurse’s salary not to nurse. Instead she is a full-time Unison union bod. Earlier in the week she was slating Lansley in the Evening Standard for coming to the hospital before the election and lying to them about cuts. It turns out “nurse” Pilgrim boycotted the meeting in 2009 for political reasons and made up the quote. 

Guido dug further and it turns out Nurse Pilgrim has been running a sly consultancy firm on the side, and an investigation was launched at the hospitalLook out for more on this “nurse” over the weekend. 

However there is a wider issue at stake. There are thousands of these reps across the country being paid not to teach or save lives, but instead to work for their union. It’s a huge loophole that sees £67 million of taxpayer spending not going to frontline workers, but to the unions, who in turn channel millions of pounds back into the Labour Party. There’s a Nurse Pilgrim in every hospital… 

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