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GMB Backs NHS March

Friday, March 3, 2017

 

Union joins huge crowds expected to hit the capital to 'save our NHS'.

GMB, the union for NHS workers, will mobilise members for the 'It's Our NHS' demonstration in London tomorrow (Saturday 4 March).

Tens of thousands of people are to join what organisers claim will be the biggest ever NHS demo as it descends on Westminster.

As the health service faces the worst crisis in its history, NHS workers will join the public at the march in London. [1]

The vast demo has been organised in protest at the billions of pounds worth of cuts being made to NHS services.

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive on trains and coaches from across the country.

The march comes just days before the launch of GMB’s ‘End The Public Sector Pay Pinch’ campaign.

Rehana Azam GMB National Secretary and organiser of what is currently the biggest ever NHS march, said:

“Years of outsourcing, underfunding, and undermining have dragged our NHS into the mire - the government’s failure to act is driving the health service further into the ground.

“While our NHS is trapped in the midst of its worst crisis ever, Jeremy Hunt remains in a state of smug denial.

"We need and urgent cash investment to put the health service on a sustainable footing.

"It’s time to support hard-working NHS workers and give them the tools they need to do the best by patients and provide the best care.

“That’s why we are launching our ‘End the Public Sector Pay Pinch’ campaign to highlight the harsh cuts being made to our NHS workers' – and other workers’  - standards of living.”

Lara McNeil, a health care student and GMB young member, said:

"Healthcare students work hard for the NHS alongside their studies, and the government’s simultaneous attacks on higher education and the health service have left us demoralised, overstretched and worried for the future.

"We need more nurses and doctors than ever but instead the government has let these application numbers fall due to chronic underfunding, scrapping of bursaries and pay restraints crushing morale.

"NHS students and staff need our solidarity more than ever as the government refuses to act on this crisis."

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1]The march will assemble from 12pm in Tavistock Square and depart for Parliament Square at 1pm. The route for the march is available here: https://www.ournhs.info/route
 

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