Embargoed until: 00.01 Monday 14 November 2022

Unite, Britain’s leading union, will launch an ad campaign today (Monday 14) across London, the North East, North West and in the West Midlands to call on Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak to use this week’s budget to avert the funding crisis engulfing the NHS.

The union will also stage a photo call at St Thomas's Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7EH from 08:00 hours on Monday 14 November where workers will tell a massive cardboard cut-out of `Rishi Sunak’ why strikes may now be the only option to save the NHS.

The union has taken out a series of full page ads across Metro newspaper titles which will be seen by almost 1 million people. An ad van will also tour Westminster from Monday until budget day (17 November) telling the PM it’s his last chance to save the NHS.

The ad campaign will also tell the public that we are now in a fight for the NHS’s life – and warn that the budget is Sunak’s last chance to avert a winter of strikes and stop the ongoing funding crisis.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said: “Services are at breaking point while workers are struggling to make ends meet. The blame for this lies squarely with the government. That’s why Unite’s ad campaign is warning the PM that it’s his last chance to save the NHS.

“The Prime Minister should use the budget later this week to avert industrial action and fix the ongoing tragedy of underfunding across the NHS.

“NHS workers are standing up not just for fair pay but for a properly funded health service.”

A total of 7.1 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of September, NHS England said last week, the highest number since records began in August 2007.

Unite, representing some 100,000 NHS workers has announced that it is set to bring thousands more NHS workers into possible strike action.

Unite members in the NHS across England and Wales are set to join ambulance service members across Scotland and England in voting for action to raise pay and save crumbling services.


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Unite is the leading union in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to defending and improving members' jobs, pay and conditions. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.