The government faces further pressure over its controversial health reforms as thousands of nurses and other healthcare professionals prepare to protest in Westminster.
Backed by their unions, thousands of NHS workers are to demonstrate outside Parliament as the much-maligned Health and Social Care Bill enters its final parliamentary stages.
Nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers have decided to voice their concern overs the NHS reforms while it is still being debated at the House of Lords, with the feeling that they have a better chance of enforcing changes before the Bill is returned to the House of Commons.
The protest, which includes a rally at Westminster Central Hall, has been organised by the All Together for the NHS campaign, while those in opposition to the Bill are against the inevitable increased involvement of private firms in the NHS if the Bill gets the go-ahead.
TUC deputy general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Health workers fear the increased competition and the extension of markets will have a devastating impact on patient care, especially poorer people who will find themselves pushed to the back of ever-growing waiting lists.”
Labour’s health spokesman Andy Burnham, crossbench peer Lord Owen, Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum, Unite leader Len McCluskey and Royal College of Midwives general secretary Cathy Warwick are among the other speakers.