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Photograph – Emily with Striking NHS Workers Outside ST Helier Hospital

NHS workers from a range of public sector unions are striking today at ST Helier Hospital. The second in a series of NHS strikes took place from 7am until 11am on Monday 24 November 2014.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers visited NHS workers on the picket line at ST Helier Hospital this morning to offer her support. Speaking amidst the noise from passing traffic hooting their horns in support of the striking NHS workers, Emily Brothers said:
“No NHS worker wants to strike, bringing disruption to important health services. Yet it has got to this point purely because the Tory-led Coalition is intent on eroding the pay of NHS workers – they just won’t listen, don’t care.
“Strike action is being managed responsibly with emergency and essential services being maintained, whilst NHS workers make this justified stand.
“The purpose of the Pay Review Body is to set wages. That is undermined when the government ignores those recommendations. Instead of recognising the hard work of NHS workers, the Tory Lib Dem Government continues to plan for privatising the NHS, further weakening pay and conditions.
“If the government really had respect for NHS workers, it would recognise their contribution and pay fairly. Instead, Coalition supporters like Paul Burstow have wasted £3 Billion on a toxic restructuring of NHS services. It says everything about his priorities in government.
“The fact that Paul Burstow couldn’t be bothered to turn up to the House of Commons last Friday (21/11/14) to vote for Clive Efford’s Bill - designed to stop NHS competition - speaks volumes about Mr Burstow’s intentions to further privatise vital health services.
“Whilst the Coalition continues to under-fund the NHS, Labour is today calling for funds raised from banks found guilty of manipulating the foreign exchange market to be allocated to the NHS, as part of our commitment to NHS investment. In next month’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor should allocate £1 billion from the fines for an immediate boost to health and care.”



Photograph – Emily with Striking NHS Midwives Outside ST Helier Hospital












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