Milton Keynes Hospital: Thursday strike cancelled

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

A planned strike by NHS staff has been cancelled.

Members of the UNISON trade union at Milton Keynes Hospital and the ambulance service were set to walk out for 12 hours from 9am-9pm tomorrow (Thursday, January 29). They would then work to rule for nearly a month, from Friday. January 30 to Tuesday, February 24, meaning that staff would only work their contracted hours as well as take their breaks and not do unpaid overtime.

Members of the Society of Radiographers were also set to strike.

However a late pay proposal made by the government on Tuesday means that any action has been deferred while members vote on the offer.

A UNISON spokesman said: “The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

“This isn’t a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients’ safety unions will now consult members.

“It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action.”

This was set to be the third round of legal action over the pay dispute.

A one per cent pay rise was recommended by the independent Pay Review Body in 2014 only to be rejected by the government.

MPs’ pay is due to rise by 11 per cent this year.

Paul Moloney, spokesman for the Society of Radiographers, said: “We have had a clear objective throughout this dispute to ensure our members have a fair pay increase at least in line with inflation.

“We are pleased that not only have we achieved that but the offer means our members will see an increase in 2015 that is higher than the current Consumer Price Index.

“We also welcome the commitment to honouring the Independent Pay Review process that should avoid the need for health workers such as radiographers to take strike action.”

“This has been a long dispute but our members can be proud that by taking strike action while also demonstrating beyond question their commitment to their patients and the wider community they have won a significant victory not just for themselves but for the NHS and its patients.”