NHS staff stage strike at hospital in row over pay

Jane Basham, front right, Labour's parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, joined the protest over pay at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-141126-132910001
Jane Basham, front right, Labour's parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, joined the protest over pay at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-141126-132910001

NHS staff staged a four-hour walk out on Monday morning in a continued dispute over pay.

Protests were held across the country, with members of nine unions walking out at 7am, including at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, with staff unhappy at the decision not to implement a one per cent pay rise for all staff as recommended by a pay review body.

Jane Basham, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, joined the staff on strike in Bury and said there was widespread public support for their cause.

“Cars driving past were all tooting,” she said. “There was definitely strong support shown by members of the public.

“The public sector is one of the largest employers in South Suffolk and wages are not keeping up with inflation.”

The Government has said it cannot afford the rise without risking front-line jobs.