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Protests Planned to Highlight NHS 'Crisis'

NHS workers will join campaigners at a series of protests on Saturday to highlight the “crisis” facing the health service.

Campaign group, Keep Our NHS Public, said thousands of people will take part in about 30 events across England to mark a day of action.

The group said the demonstrations have been called in response to the NHS crisis which it warned has resulted in "unacceptable and dangerous" delays in accessing emergency care and widespread industrial action by frontline healthcare staff.

Dr John Puntis, co-chairman of Keep Our NHS Public, said: "For the NHS, the winter crisis is now all-year long. As Government choose to look the other way, waiting lists, delays in treatment, staff vacancies and ambulance hold-ups increase.

"Each week, there are 500 excess deaths related to difficulty in accessing emergency care. The first priority must be to retain and recruit staff, without whom no services are deliverable.

"Patient safety demands acknowledging the crisis we are in, an end to strikes through serious engagement by politicians with unions, and promoting a fair pay settlement not only for health workers, but also for grossly underpaid care staff."

This article contains information from PA Media.