In Pictures: Health workers demand end to NHS crisis

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Thousands of health workers, patients, union members and activists have joined a march in London to demand an end to the "crisis" in the NHS.

The protest in full swing (Yui Mok/PA)
The protest in full swing (Yui Mok/PA)

The Government is being urged to provide more beds, staff and funds to ease the problems facing the service.

People taking part in the march (Yui Mok/PA)
People taking part in the march (Yui Mok/PA)

The event, called "NHS in crisis: Fix it now", was organised by the People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together.

A protester dressed as the Grim Reaper (Yui Mok/PA)
A protester dressed as the Grim Reaper (Yui Mok/PA)

Activists marched through central London from noon before holding an hour-long rally opposite Downing Street.

#TheNHS#FundOurNHS#OurNHS If you're in the neighbourhood, Gower Street, London now, join the march in protest of the under funding of the NHS by the Tory government pic.twitter.com/wedF3xE24i

-- Karen Shackleford (@yinka2000) February 3, 2018

The protest hits Downing Street (Yui Mok/PA)
The protest hits Downing Street (Yui Mok/PA)

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth, who attended the demonstration, said: "We should be celebrating the 70th year of our NHS, yet the NHS is going through its worst winter on record. We have a fight on our hands for the future of a universal public NHS."

Shadow health Secretary Jon Ashworth MP (centre) joins in (Yui/Mok/PA)
Shadow health Secretary Jon Ashworth (centre) joins in (Yui/Mok/PA)