Just 30 of our NHS workers take part in national strike

A total of 30 health workers in West Herts’ three hospitals took part in a four-hour walkout this morning in a dispute over pay.

Monday, 24th November 2014, 1:38 pm

Just tens of the nearly 4,200 staff across Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans hospitals were involved in the strike – the second round of industrial action to have taken place this autumn.

Radiographers also walked out until midday.

It will be followed by six days of further action when NHS staff will work to rule and refuse to do any unpaid overtime.

A spokesman for the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust said prior to the strike: “This is a national dispute and is in relation to the government’s proposals on NHS pay.

“As you would expect, our overriding priority is to ensure that our services continue to run safely and that the strikes do not compromise the care we provide to our patients and their families. As such, we have been working closely with our unions to understand the impact the strikes might have on our hospitals.”

The Trust also explained it had made ‘robust plans’ for the strike and maintained business as usual across the hospitals.

Patients were asked to attend their appointments as normal.