Thousands of NHS workers are set to take to the streets in towns and cities across the UK on Saturday demanding a pay rise.

Health service staff were excluded from the wage increase for around 900,000 public sector workers announced a couple of weeks ago because they are in the final year of a three-year pay deal.

Instead they are due a pay rise next April, but unions want the Government to show its appreciation for NHS staff by bringing it forward to this year.

More than 500 health workers have died so far following exposure to coronavirus.

Now they will be staging socially-distanced protests to demand the Government recognises their role in the Covid-19 fight through higher wages.

London’s demonstration will see protesters gather at 11am at St James’s Park before marching along Whitehall to Downing Street and ending with a rally in Parliament Square.

It comes after hundreds of NHS workers marched on Downing Street last month, accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson of being a “coward.”

Evening Standard