Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has unveiled drastic workplace reforms as part of its general election manifesto, which include a four-day working week, giving employees the right to set their own hours and earnings and the introduction of a menopause workplace policy. Labour’s proposals of a four-day working week has been heavily criticised, with a report by the Centre for Policy Studies warning it would cost the Treasury between £17billion and £45billion.
Professor Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology at St George’s University of London, has also branded a shortened working week a “catastrophe” and warned it could destroy the NHS.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Professor Dalgleish said: “What Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, are choosing to ignore is that this proposal would spell the end of the NHS as we know it.”
He said the “radical plan” didn’t take into account the needs of the NHS, which he says is already in crisis due to a shortfall of 6,000 full-time GP posts and 40,000 nurses across the country.
Reducing hours for trained medical staff would only worsen the problem as a four-day week would require more staff to fill the gaps, the professor said.
Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party unveiled plans to impose a four-day working week (Image: Getty)
John McDonnell revealed several other drastic workplace reforms at a Labour rally in Liverpool (Image: Getty)
Professor Dalgleish warned the reform would stop Britain from delivering first-class healthcare and training good doctors and nurses.
The Centre for Policy Studies has also warned a four-day working week would come at a huge cost to taxpayers.
Its report found cutting the working week to 32 hours for public sector employers would result in an expansion of the workforce that could cost the Treasury between £17bn and £45bn.
As a result, the policy would require: “Significant tax rises or spending cuts, or see productivity gains go towards cutting hours rather than improving public sector