Queen’s Hospital strike: Radiographers walk out over pay
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“Between 20 and 30” radiographers are picketing outside Queen’s Hospital, Romford, in a strike over pay.
The technicians, who manage the use of x-ray, ultrasound and MRI machines, walked out at 9am this morning and won’t return to work until 1pm.
The Society of Radiographers says its members are taking nationwide action over a government decision not to accept a recommended 1 per cent pay rise for all NHS staff.
Richard Evans, the Society’s chief executive officer, said: “This is the first time since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay and there is the possibility of more action in the future. The anger that they and other NHS workers feel is very strong.
“The last thing that radiographers want is to hurt the people that they serve. Steps have been taken to minimise the impact on patients.”
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One Queen’s radiographer, who asked not to be named, said “between 20 and 30” staff lined the picket outside the Rom Valley Way hospital.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen’s, said: “We had a contingency plan in place.
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“We’re providing our normal service. We contacted some non-urgent patients last week and rebooked them.
“We rebooked a small number of non-urgent patients and that has allowed us to provide our normal emergency services.”