Another trade union will be joining the strike at Milton Keynes Hospital on Monday (November 24).
The Society of Radiographers in England and Northern Ireland, which represents diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy staff, which join 10 other NHS unions in striking from 8am-midday, followed by a week of working to rule. The society has not held a strike over pay for more than 30 years.
Emergency and urgent care will continue to be provided on Monday morning, but pre-booked appointments and procedures may be affected. For the rest of the week radiographers will take scheduled breaks and will not work unpaid overtime. The strike, which will take place at hospital across England, has been prompted by a government-imposed pay freeze; the government rejected a recommended one per cent pay rise for the current year and has said that there will be no increase in 2015. The pay freeze will have been imposed for four out of five years.
MPs are due to receive a nine per cent pay rise next year.
Richard Evans, the Society of Radiographer’s chief executive officer, said: “The four-hour stoppage in October, and this Monday’s action, are the first time since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay.
“The anger that they and other NHS workers feel is very strong. The devolved governments in Scotland and Wales have come to an agreement with their health workers. Why are the administrations in England and Northern Ireland not even capable of meeting with the unions to discuss a creative way forward?
“Radiographers do not want to hurt the people that they serve. Steps have been taken to minimise the impact on patients and their families.”