NHS protest in Bristol sees hundreds of junior doctors march through city centre

More than 150 NHS workers and supporters marched through the city centre in protest over fair pay for NHS workers this afternoon (Saturday 21).

The march, organised by NHS staff and the organisation Protect the NHS, kicked off from the Bristol Royal Infirmary along Park Row and down Park Street before a rally was held on College Green.

This is the latest wave of nurses’ strikes with the Government apparently no nearer reaching a settlement with NHS staff on pay and conditions.

A spokesperson for Protect The NHS said: “Join us, as representatives from the BMA, Unison and other healthcare unions take to the streets to demand that the Government meets with unions, acknowledges the scale of the problem and the need for urgent resolution of the staffing crisis so the public receive the healthcare they deserve.

“The NHS has seen an exodus of staff. Real-terms pay has been steadily eroded. Trained professionals are forced to leave the profession that they love. Patients suffer as workers tirelessly take more on and to provide the best care they can under unmanageable duress. The same workers who were clapped as heroes by the government- and yet the Government stick their heads in the sand and issue empty platitudes as they sit on private health firm donations,” she added.

This is a live blog on the situation and we will be posting regular updates.

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