NHS pay bus arrives in Wisbech
An NHS Pay bus tour of the East of England rolled into Wisbech on Tuesday with a stop at the North Cambs Hospital where members of the local trades council joined in the campaign morning.
NHS workers’ union UNISON is taking the open-top bus to visit hospitals as part of their fight for a £2,000 pay rise for all NHS staff. They were supposed to get a rise in April but after 16 months fighting Covid they are still waiting.
Wisbech March and District TC, with members of Fenland Unite Community Union, spoke about the urgent need for fair pay to local people coming to visit the hospital and to staff from the hospital.
Local MPs are being sent postcards saying: “The efforts of NHS staff throughout this pandemic have been nothing short of extraordinary. For them to keep going and tackle the treatment backlog, they need to know that they are valued and appreciated. Will you urge the prime minister to announce a decent pay rise this summer ?”
The trades council also used the morning to publicise the campaign to rebuild the failing Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Postcards that people can send to health minister Sajid Javid calling on him to intervene are now available at local post offices and community hubs.