NHS staff told not to join pay demonstrations as they ‘adversely affect public confidence’

HSJ has seen an email in which NHS staff in London were warned by national regulators not to take part in public protests.

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s London regional team sent an email to all five sustainability and transformation partnerships in the capital warning staff against protesting at the current time.

The Metropolitan Police had notified the regulator of a “spontaneous” protest involving 10 protesters holding a banner which said ‘We saved Boris. Now give us a pay rise’. It comes after reports of potential plans by the government to freeze public sector pay. Several other protests by NHS staff over lack of personal protective equipment and testing have also been reported on.

Full story in HSJ, 15 May 2020