Hundreds of people gathered in central London to demand better pay for NHS staff and the recognition of their work during the epidemic.
More than 30 marches are planned in the UK on Saturday as anger grows with the lack of action to measure emotions such as the weekly applause following the deaths of health workers.
Last month, the government announced an increase in funding for NHS doctors but not nurses and other staff, in a trade union movement described as “the last straw”.
“It is now a waste of the love,care and commitment of our nurses and other NHS staff to refuse to receive a paid award or Salary Increament. The government has turned down the offer of a 20% reduction in the number of deductions since 2010 – surprisingly, there are still 44,000 vacancies for nurses. ”
Helen O’Connor, co-ordinator of the GMB, said: “Healthcare workers were delighted as heroes at the time of the epidemic so it is not surprising that they are angry now as the government still shows how little they think about them.
“If we really want the NHS to be able to deal with the problem and all other needs of their Staff and Nurses, the government must start treating health workers with dignity and respect and this starts with fair pay for fair work. If our NHS survives future generations, the cuts and private agenda of this government must be completely reversed. .
In the capital, protesters marched on Whitehall in front of Downing Street. The writing of the blue banner “The end of the NHS pays for inequality, together” led to a march.
Many carried placards, including one that read: “Boris, remember my neighbor Lewis, what about his salary? You saved your life and now you are rewarding us. ”
The organizers of the NHS Workers say No to To Public Sector Pay Inequality say: “We do not accept your plans to remove us from the department of salary increase, and we will make it sound until you listen.
“We feel out of place, emotionally drained, overworked, and tired. We lost our colleagues in the Covid-19 and the war is not over.
A recent study by the Royal College of Nursing of 42,000 Nursing Employees found that 36% were considering resigning, most of whom said pay was a factor in their decision – following a cut of more than $ 6,000 in five NHS nurses after failing pay rise in electricity. .
Hundreds of NHS deaths and private health workers from coronaviruses have been documented, including black, Asian and minority nurses, doctors and kidnappers. The lack of testing and the lack of personal protective equipment, especially in the early stages of the epidemic, has left many health workers exposed.
At the time, there were warnings that the government would use the epidemic to transfer important public health services from the NHS and other organs of state to private institutions without proper scrutiny.