NHS workers protest in cities across the UK to demand higher wages

Jimmy Nsubuga
·2 min read
National Health Service (NHS) workers march from St. James' Park to Downing Street, London,  Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, as part of a national protest over pay. Nationwide protests on Saturday are calling for government to address what they claim is many years of reduced wages, and are calling for a voice in plans for public sector pay increases. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
NHS workers march from St. James' Park to Downing Street, London (Picture: AP)

NHS workers have marched in cities across the UK to demand higher wages after they were excluded from a pay increase for around 900,000 public sector workers.

Some health workers will not receive the pay bump announced a couple of weeks ago because they are in the final year of a three-year pay deal.

Instead, they 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.

Doctors and dentists were the only NHS employees who benefited from the announcement from chancellor Rishi Sunak.

National Health Service (NHS) workers pose with placards, during a socially distanced demonstration as part of a national protest over pay, in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020.  Nationwide protests on Saturday are calling for government to address what they claim is many years of reduced wages, and are calling for a voice in plans for public sector pay increases. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
Health workers pose with placards, during a socially distanced demonstration in Glasgow, Scotland (Picture: AP)
National Health Service (NHS) workers pose with placards, during a socially distanced demonstration as part of a national protest over pay, in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020.  Nationwide protests on Saturday are calling for government to address what they claim is many years of reduced wages, and are calling for a voice in plans for public sector pay increases. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
Another image from the protest in Glasgow (Picture: AP)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 08: Nurses and other frontline NHS workers stage a protest at No 10 Downing Street after being left out of a public sector pay rise on August 08, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. NHS staff across the UK are demanding an early salary increase after they were not included in the governmentâs above-inflation coronavirus pay rise for public sector workers because of a three-year pay deal negotiated in 2018. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Nurses and other frontline NHS workers stage a protest at No 10 Downing Street (Picture: Getty)

It has prompted a wave of 37 socially distanced protests across England, Scotland and Wales which all started at 11am on Saturday.

One of the health workers, Laura Duffell, told Yahoo News UK on Friday that NHS staff feel they have been “stabbed in the back” after months on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said: “I don’t think the government has appreciated the sacrifices people have made.”

Duffell is a matron at the trauma centre of a central London hospital.

It was three times over its intensive care capacity at the peak of the outbreak.

National Health Service (NHS) workers demonstrate as part of a national protest over pay, in London, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020.  Nationwide protests on Saturday are calling for government to address what they claim is many years of reduced wages, and are calling for a voice in plans for public sector pay increases. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
NHS workers demonstrate in London (Picture: AP)
NHS workers at a rally in Parliament Square, London, as part of a national protest over pay. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
NHS workers at a rally in Parliament Square, London (Picture: Getty)
A NHS (National Health Service) worker protests outside Downing Street during a march through the streets of London on August 8, 2020, to demand a pay rise. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
An NHS worker protests outside Downing Street (Picture: Getty)

Duffell is helping to organise the London protest, which will see workers march on Downing Street.

More than 500 health workers have died so far following exposure to coronavirus.

The NHS staff are staging socially-distanced protests to demand the government recognises their role in the coronavirus fight.

Protesters gathered in St James’s Park and on Horse Guards Parade in central London ahead of their demonstration in the capital.

NHS (National Health Service) workers hold a minute's silence to pay tribute to NHS staff who have died with coronavirus during a march through the streets of London on August 8, 2020, to demand a pay rise. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
NHS workers hold a minute's silence to pay tribute to NHS staff who have died with coronavirus (Picture: Getty)
NHS workers march from St. James Park to Downing Street, London, as part of a national protest over pay. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
NHS workers march from St. James Park to Downing Street (Picture: Getty)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 08: Nurses and other frontline NHS workers stage a protest at No 10 Downing Street after being left out of a public sector pay rise on August 08, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. NHS staff across the UK are demanding an early salary increase after they were not included in the governmentâs above-inflation coronavirus pay rise for public sector workers because of a three-year pay deal negotiated in 2018. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
An NHS worker outside No 10 Downing Street (Picture: Getty)
A woman holds a 'honk for our NHS' sign in Parliament Square, London, during a national protest by NHS workers over pay. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman holds a 'honk for our NHS' sign in Parliament Square (Picture: Getty)

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