Dorset County Hospital Staff Strike In National Pay Row
1:04pm 24th November 2014
Dorset County Hospital staff were out on strike this morning (24th Nov) to make their voices heard in a long-running pay row with the government.
The four hour long strike happened because the government decided not to implement a 1% rise for all staff despite it being recommended by a pay review body.
But the Department of Health claims that the pay rise would put frontline jobs at risk, which is something those on strike say is simply not true.
Wessex FM spoke to Tara Putt from the Royal College of Midwives on the picket line.
She said: "The government are saying that but actually we don't believe that's true. The Independent Pay Review came up with the 1% which is fair and affordable by the NHS."
"There's clear clinical evidence that shows NHS staff who are demoralised can't deliver the quality of care that NHS users including mothers and babies deserve."
Those on strike said their action wouldn't affect urgent care but appointments out in the community may be affected.
9 unions were involved with today's action that represents more than 400,000 staff.