The union Unite has warned that the government has just “one last chance” to save the NHS as their workers are “struggling to make ends meet.”
On Monday Rishi Sunak was told by Unite that strikes throughout the winter might be the only option left on the table to save the NHS.
Unite are to launch an advertising campaign across England whereby the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will be urged to use Thursday’s budget as an opportunity to prevent a funding crisis in the NHS.
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A ballot for strike action is now open for ambulance workers across the UK, which comes at the same time more than 300,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to strike this winter.
Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said, “Services are at breaking point while workers are struggling to make ends meet. The blame for this lies squarely with the Government.
“That’s why Unite’s ad campaign is warning the PM that it’s his last chance to save the NHS.
“The Prime Minister should use the budget later this week to avert industrial action and fix the ongoing tragedy of underfunding across the NHS.
“NHS workers are standing up not just for fair pay but for a properly funded health service.”
Christina McAnea, general secretary of Unison, the largest trade union in the UK, has warned on Sunday that the NHS will be left in a “difficult” situation if the right choices are not made.
McAnea warned that the “NHS is ready to collapse” and that it is already “on its knees” and more needs to be done by the government.
McAnea said in an interview on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, “In the past week I’ve been speaking to members across the country who are paramedics, nurses and theatre staff in hospitals and I can tell you they don’t think there’s any room for efficiency savings.
“What they want to see is more investment in the NHS.
“They want to see a pay rate that encourages people to join the NHS and crucially to stay in the NHS.”