Thousands will march to defend the NHS, says UNISON

Thousands of people, including healthcare staff, will march in London at the weekend (Saturday) to protest at continuing cuts to NHS services, say UNISON.

The march will highlight increased pressure on NHS staff as patient demand rises but resources dwindle.

More hospitals face bed cuts and some A&E departments may close as the government attempts to slash £20bn from the health budget, warns UNISON.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s not good enough for the government to say it is investing in the NHS when all around services are being cut back.

“Ministers must accept responsibility for their failure to properly support health workers who are going flat out to cope with increased demands and fewer resources.

“Refusing to guarantee the right to stay to tens of thousands of EU nationals who help keep the NHS going is only making things worse.

“The NHS is in crisis. There has to be an urgent injection of cash now, and a proper plan for the future, guided by need.”

Notes to editors:

  • The march will assemble from 12pm in Tavistock Square and move off at 1pm to Parliament Square.
  • Speakers at the rally in Parliament Square include UNISON vice president Carol Sewell.
  • The route for the march is available here.

Media contacts:

Alan Weaver T: 0207 121 5555 M: 07939 143310 E: a.weaver@unison.co.uk

Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk