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Doctors and nurses march on Whitehall from St Thomas'

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Junior doctors, nurses and other health workers have marched from St Thomas' Hospital to Whitehall to protest at the removal of the NHS bursaries.

Doctors and nurses march on Whitehall from St Thomas'
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett speaks from County Hall steps
Doctors and nurses march on Whitehall from St Thomas'
Marchers at the Lying-in Hospital at Waterloo

The government plans to scrap the bursary from 2017 and ask future nurses, midwives and other allied health professionals to take out student loans.

Many protesting on Saturday morning claimed that students would be taking out loans to work in hospitals. The present bursary pays the equivalent of about 3 an hour.

"What we need is to get together," said Green Party leader Natalie Bennett addressing the marchers in Belvedere Road.

"We will defend our NHS. We will defend the pay and conditions of workers in the NHS. We say bursary or bust."

A junior doctor was loudly cheered when she said that the first strike for forty years would go ahead the following week.

Traffic came to a halt as the march moved along York Road and across Waterloo Bridge.

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