Nursing and NHS professionals at St Georges, Tooting, South London started 2011 by taking time out at lunch time to protest at the Governments planned NHS reforms and decision to cut £10bn a year from the NHS through so called efficiency savings.
UNISON Nursing staff at St George's have signalled that they will not hesitate to speak out against Government plans for swinging cuts and privatisation of the NHS.
Michael Walker UNISON Regional Officer states
"UNISON will not sit ideally by and watch our NHS services slashed and privatised. Britain did not vote for the introduction of an American health care system, a system which is not comprehensive, bureaucratic, expensive and where increased competition not collaboration costs patients lives".
Jane Pilgrim UNISON Nursing Convenor at St George's Hospital, Tooting states
"Over one hundred nurses at St Georges Hospital have already signalled they will be joining the TUC rally to defend public services on Saturday 26th March 2011 in Central London and we are receiving incredible support from the local community".
Geoff Thorne UNISON Branch Secretary stated
"Be clear, our branch will take any action necessary to defend our members and the future of the NHS".