An NHS bus is set to visit Braintree later today (July 7) as part of a tour of Essex.

The open-top bus will set off from Broomfield Hospital this morning before stopping at Braintree Hospital between 2.30pm and 4pm.

The tour is part of the UK's largest trade union, UNISON's campaign for a £2,000 pay rise for all NHS workers.

The bus is visiting hospitals across the East of England until its final stop in Colchester on Thursday, July 22.

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UNISON Eastern head of health Sasha Savage said: “NHS staff have given their all over the past year and a half but haven’t had any increase in pay for almost the entire pandemic.

“We’ve all seen the gratitude the public has shown to the NHS and its staff through Covid, but it’s time for ministers to move beyond empty rhetoric and give staff a proper pay rise.

“We’ll be getting out and talking to NHS staff about why they deserve a pay rise and why it’s up to Boris Johnson to give them one.”

UNISON is urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to act fast in giving the staff a rise and the well-needed boost for the NHS after over a year of fighting Covid-19.