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3 April 2000

"50,000 HOUSING LOAN NOT ENOUGH TO PROVIDE HOMES
FOR HEALTH WORKERS", SAYS MSF

The prospect of 50,000 interest-free loans for nurses and other healthcare professionals so they can get a toe on the property ladder is "fine in principle", but the loans will need to be larger than 50,000 for many health staff given their poor pay, health union MSF said today (Monday, 3 April).

MSF's Head of Health, Roger Kline said that with the property market going into overdrive, especially in London and the South-East, a figure of 70,000 would be more realistic.

He said: "MSF welcomes this Government initiative as a first step towards providing a sensible housing policy so that healthcare professionals and other vital public sector workers can acquire a decent home in the areas where they work."

"Unfortunately, given that many of our members earn less than 20,000 - and many scientists, technicians and therapists get far below that sum - the figure that is being floated of 50,000 is not high enough to make a difference."

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MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries.

It is the UK's fifth largest union.

 

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