NHS workers to strike over pay

Public Sector Workers' Strike in Preston

Public Sector Workers' Strike in Preston

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Ambulance crews and hospital staff in Lancashire will strike for four hours on Monday morning.

Meanwhile a planned strike by council workers due to take place on Tuesday has been called off.

In the health service members of Unite, the GMB and Unison are staging a strike between 7am and 11am against the Department of Health’s NHS pay settlement.

Bosses at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, which covers the Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital say they are expecting minimal disruption and patients should turn up for appointments as usual.

Karen Swindley, workforce and education director of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have tried and tested plans to manage any disruption to services, including industrial action, to make sure our patients receive safe and effective care in all circumstances. We are currently expecting to provide all services as usual on Monday, and all patients should attend for appointments as planned, unless we have been in touch directly to reschedule.

“Whilst we will do everything possible to minimise disruption, there may be some delays on Monday and we apologise to any patient whose appointment is affected.”

Meanwhile North West Ambulance Service director of emergency Services, Derek Cartwright said: “Our discussions with the unions on the subject of exemptions are still ongoing and there is still the possibility that things could change.

“We really won’t know until the day how many staff are going on strike or how many will agree to attend incidents.”

The national strike planned by council workers to take place on Tuesday has been called off.

Members of Unison, Unite and the GMB were due to walk out in protest at a pay offer worth 1 per cent for most employees.

A Preston City Council spokesman said: “We are happy that further negotiations are taking place, and strike action has been suspended.”

It means Chorley’s Flat Iron market will go ahead, however shoppers are reminded that the Flat Iron car park will be closed on Wednesday due to essential maintenance work. It will re-open on Thursday.