NHS staff turn out for lunchtime rally
October 13, 2010 by Michael
Banners make a big statement and companies offering banner printing around Preston or Leyland may have helped some NHS workers in the area bring their case to the attention of their bosses as they protested over job cut proposals in the region.
The NHS central offices in Lancashire are based in Leyland and protesting staff took their concerns over public sector job cuts to outside the headquarters in a lunchtime rally. Not even the dismal Lancashire weather could deter the staff members from turning out and banners and placards made their case as sixty staff members gathered to make their feelings clear. The banners were emblazoned with messages such as ‘Bye bye to public services’ and ‘Patient pain while bankers gain’, making it apparent that their worries lie in the fact that the cuts will make those in need, suffer more.
The banners certainly caught the attention of the passing motorists who sounded their car horns to show support for the staff and their protest. The protesters held their rally on the same day as the European day of action, which was organised to show support for public health services, but the staff in Lancashire used their rally to also demonstrate against the job cuts proposed at their primary care trust. It was clear from comments made to newspapers by protesters, who did not want to be named, that patient care and the job security of the average worker were high on their list of concerns and reasons for turning out in support of the rally.