Commenting on the NHS’s 73rd birthday celebrations and service of commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today (Monday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“NHS staff have given everything over the past 16 months, and they’re owed a great deal.
“They’ve been pushed to the point of exhaustion. Many have lost their lives to keep everyone safe and the pandemic’s still not over.
“The best way to show appreciation for the health workers who’ve gone above and beyond is to give them a decent pay rise and soon. Providing support for staff to rest and recover is also essential.
“Birthdays are all about giving. The Prime Minister should remember that and show how much the country cares.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in the NHS, local government, education, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.