A nurse who appeared on the cover of Nursing Times over 35 years ago protesting for better pay is set to march again this weekend – this time against the public sector cuts.
In May 1974 Julie Stevens worked in Hammersmith Hospital and joined the protest at Hyde Park over nurses’ pay and conditions.
Now a consultant nurse at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare, Ms Stevens told Nursing Times her job is at risk due to cost savings. She was ready to march on Saturday, with 20 of her colleagues expected to join her, against the coalition government’s cuts to public services.
She said in the 70s there was not much sympathy for the nurses’ cause, as public servants they were expected to accept low pay. “We were spat at”, she said.
Now, she said, the public seem to be behind the public sector. “I think people are worried about their NHS, they want to protect it”, she said.
Thousands of nurses and other public sector workers are due to march through London on Saturday from Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park, as part of a protest billed as the largest Trades Union Congress event for decades.
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