GMB accuses NHS bosses of gagging staff during election campaign

The GMB has accused NHS bosses of trying to ‘gag’ staff during the General Election.

A letter has been sent to workers from ambulance and NHS Trusts across the country, telling them they must not take part in ‘debates, activities and events that may be politically controversial’. The GMB says banning them from speaking out over Tory cuts amounts to gagging free speech.

GMB national officer Rachel Harrison said: “For nearly a decade, our members have witnessed first-hand sustained damage to the NHS at the hands of a Conservative government – while they’ve suffered a decade of real terms pay cuts.

“Our health service is at breaking point thanks to years of Tory mistreatment. And it’s at risk of being sold out further as Boris Johnson prepares to offer it up on a plate to Donald Trump and fails to rule out further privatisation.

“Now they are being told they can’t talk about it in case it’s politically sensitive. Our members are being gagged from revealing to the public the real threat posed by the Tories to our NHS. The voices of our dedicated public service workers must be allowed to be heard.”

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