Hundred of NHS workers have marched on Downing Street to protest “coward” Boris Johnson and demand an immediate pay rise.
Health workers gathered for a huge Whitehall rally on Wednesday evening, carrying banners that said “Clapping won’t pay my bills” and “We helped you survive, now help us survive”.
One nurse even said she would invite the Prime Minister to join her on a shift if there was a second wave of coronavirus.
NHS staff are in the final year of a three-year deal and are due a pay rise next April, but unions want the Government to show its appreciation for NHS staff by bringing it forward to this year.
The Government did not commit to an early pay rise for all NHS staff last week when wage increases for 900,000 public sector workers were announced.
The Unite union’s branch at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital partnered with Keep Our NHS Public and Nurses United to hold Wednesday evening’s march to protest against the Government’s decision to put off the pay rise for NHS staff until April 2021.
Rebecca Reid, a 27-year-old London-based nurse from Prestwick in Scotland, said there is “desperation and anger” among NHS staff as she accused Mr Johnson of having “blood on his hands”.
She said she would extend an invitation to the Prime Minister to join her on a shift in the event of a second spike of Covid-19, but added she did not think he would accept, saying: “I think he’s a coward.”
Speaking outside Downing Street, she said: “We worked through an unprecedented pandemic. There are things I’m never going to forget about.
“I think the general feeling is anger. We’re angry. We’ve been let down by our Government.