NHS staff walk out of Hinchingbrooke over pay dispute

NHS Strike at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Midwives and Radiographers, (left) Radiographer Rose Hardman,

NHS Strike at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Midwives and Radiographers, (left) Radiographer Rose Hardman, and (right) Midwife Liz Blamire, - Credit: Archant

Health workers at Hinchingbrooke Hospital have held strike action over pay today (Monday).

NHS Strike at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Paramedics tuck into bacon.

NHS Strike at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Paramedics tuck into bacon. - Credit: Archant

Members of numerous trade unions took part in the industrial action between 7am and 11am that saw nurses, paramedics, midwives, porters and administrators walk out after the Government chose not to award a one per cent pay rise to NHS staff.

Jo Rust, UNISON Regional Organiser, said: “As living costs rise, wages in the NHS continue to fall. To treat the people that look after us when we need help the most like this is disgraceful. Over 35,000 NHS staff are paid below the living wage of £7.85 per hour.

“This Government is hell bent on driving down wages while privatising services. This year’s meagre pay offer does nothing to help this situation.

“Hinchingbrooke Hospital provides a vital service to the community. Staff are working harder and harder, doing more and more unpaid overtime and still care deeply about providing an excellent service.

NHS Strike at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Midwives and Radiographers,

NHS Strike at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Midwives and Radiographers, - Credit: Archant


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“Enough is enough, it’s time for the government to support the NHS and its workers.”

The unions taking part were GMB, Unison, Unite, UCATT, Society of Radiographers, Royal College of Midwives, POA, Managers in Partnership, British Association of Occupational Therapists, British Dietetic Association, and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association.

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