NURSES are set to make their fair pay demands heard with a car convoy visiting local hospitals this weekend.

People are being invited to join the socially distanced event to demonstrate their support for the NHS workers with beeps and honks.

One of the Glasgow organisers of the ‘Beep Beep’ procession Brenda Eadie, believes the key-workers’ jobs are only getting harder but that the recognition is not good enough.

“At the moment NHS workers are on their knees. They are struggling so bad,” she said.

“They barely made it through a first wave and now that we are being hit by a second wave, people are absolutely exhausted. Nurses are actually walking away from their career. Not just one or two, there are lots and lots of nurses walking away.

“They don’t want to do it. They think working a second wave is going to finish them off mentally.”

The Glasgow car procession will start at Gartnavel General Hospital at 11am on Saturday.

They will then head towards Glasgow Royal Infirmary, followed by Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and another four before ending the procession at Ayr Hospital.

Routes have been planned out as to ensure that no entrances or emergency exits are blocked by the car convoy.

They will spend around five minutes at each hospital as they hope to make more workers aware of the group which is “fighting” to support them.

It comes as part of convoys planned across the UK.

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A number of NHS Workers Say No! groups were established after a pay increase earlier this year left out some key workers.

Long-time nurse Brenda Eadie is one of the founding members of the Glasgow and West of Scotland group.

Speaking of the NHS workers, she added: “They are extremely short-staffed. They are taking on the roles of two or three people at the moment and their pay nowhere near reflects what they are doing. Not anymore.

“If we thought that at the beginning we certainly think that now.

“There are nurses catching Covid again. There are nurses dying. They are saying that it is not the time to look at pay. So when is the time to look at that? When we are all gone?”

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said she was committed to ensuring the NHS staff is recognised for their "extraordinary" response to the crisis. She added: “I am committed to achieving the fairest possible pay settlement for NHS Agenda for Change staff in 2021/22. I have asked all parties to work together to secure a pay deal as quickly as possible and have personally had constructive discussions with NHS staff and employee side of our Agenda for Change partnerships.

"Scottish Government officials are in active discussion with trade unions and NHS employers to agree a timetable and approach to negotiations for the 2021/22 pay deal.

“NHS Scotland staff remain the best paid anywhere in the UK. This year Agenda for Change staff, including nurses, ancillary, administration and Allied Health Professionals, received a 2.95% pay rise as part of our three-year pay deal, offering a minimum 9% pay increase for most staff, and over 27% for some still moving up their pay scale.

“This is in excess of the 2.8% uplift announced for NHS dentists and doctors in England and Scotland.”