NURSES, midwives and hospital staff staged a walkout this morning in their battle for fair pay (Monday, October 13).
Picket lines at Worthing Hospital and Meadowfield Hospital were drawn in a four-hour strike between 7am and 11am.
They are calling for a one per cent pay rise across the board and to commit to future rises.
Royal College of Midwives representative and Worthing Hospital midwife Kat Gummer said: “We are calling for a one per cent uplift as recommended by the NHS payment review body.
“Cost of living is going up, especially in the south, and pay is not going up in line with it.
“Staff are working long hours, doing a lot of unpaid overtime with no breaks over a 12 and a half hour shift, working late and often with not enough people.”
A core of staff members on the front line did not take part in the strike, meaning essential services were not affected.
Strike action across the country was orchestrated by six unions, including Unison and RCM.
For the full story, see the Herald and Gazette, out Thursday, October 13.