Nurses, healthcare professionals and other public sector workers will protest against government cuts to public services in October.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will march in London on 20 October as part of the Trade Union Congress’s march for ‘A Future that Works’. They will voice their displeasure at cuts that are currently being made to the public sector, including the NHS.
Some 61,000 jobs within the NHS could be lost due to the changes, the RCN’s Frontline First campaign has predicted. RCN members also fear that sweeping cuts could be made to the healthcare services as the government attempts to save £20bn by 2015.
RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “Nurses showed the strength of feeling when they marched last year and the fact that they are coming together again demonstrates the depth of their concern about these cuts.
“The government would do well to listen to frontline staff who are facing these challenges on a daily basis and consider alternatives to simply cutting posts and valuable services. If they continue in this way there is no doubt that patient care will suffer.
“Equally, it is hardly surprising that morale is now so low; with nurses stretched to breaking point and tough pay constraints in place at a time when inflation is soaring. There is compelling evidence to show that workload and workplace issues have a serious effect on morale and motivation, which in turn is closely linked to patient experience.”
“RCN members will be advised in due course about how to get involved with the October’s protest.”