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Bus campaigning for NHS pay rise rolls into PCH

An NHS pay bus tour of the East of England rolls into North West Anglia today (July 19), with stops at Peterborough city hospital and Hinchingbrooke hospital. 
Peterborough city hospital
NHS pay bus rolls into Peterborough city hospital (Photo: John Baker)

NHS workers’ union UNISON has commissioned the open-top bus to visit hospitals across the East of England and will be at Peterborough City Hospital from 9.30am.

The tour is part of UNISON’s campaign for a £2,000 pay rise for all NHS staff. The staff was supposed to get a rise in April but workers are still waiting to see what increase the independent pay review body will recommend. 

UNISON is calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a swift rise to give the NHS the boost it needs after 16 months fighting Covid-19. 

UNISON Eastern head of health Sasha Savage said: “An NHS pay rise is already months overdue but still Boris Johnson is dragging his feet. 

“Even without the year-and-a-half-long pandemic sacrifice, NHS staff would deserve more. 

 “We’ve all seen the gratitude the public has shown to the NHS and its staff through Covid, but it’s time for ministers to move beyond empty rhetoric and give staff a proper pay rise”.