Four-hour industrial action at Milton Keynes Hospital

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

Staff at Milton Keynes Hospital will take part in a second four-hour stoppage on Monday.

Members of the trade union UNISON will hold the action from 7-11am on Monday, November 24; this will be followed by six days of action short of strike action between Tuesday and Sunday when members will work to rule and not do any unpaid overtime.

This will affect staff including nurses, paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners, healthcare assistants and admin staff.

NHS workers took strike action over pay for the first time in 32 years on last month. This was followed by a week of action short of strike action when members took their meal and rest breaks.

Tony Jones, UNISON Regional head of health, cited a recent Income Data Services (IDS) survey for NHS trade unions which showed that two-thirds of NHS workers have considered quitting, for reasons including increased workload, low pay, constant restructures and the stresses of the job.

He said: “For many in the NHS, last month’s strike was a first. The next industrial action will be bigger as more unions will be joining it. Jeremy Hunt needs to listen to NHS workers who feel this Government is treating them with contempt.

“NHS workers are overworked and underpaid. Most patients would be shocked to know that one in five of the NHS workers who care for them need to do a second job just to survive and many have to borrow money every month to make ends meet or resort to foodbanks.”