Hospital trust pledge on strike action

Wigan Infirmary
Wigan Infirmary

HOSPITAL chiefs say disruption will be kept to a minimum after radiographers at Wigan Infirmary announced a walk-out in a row over pay.

Members of the Society of Radiographers across the UK will walk out for four hours on October 20 in protest at the Government’s controversial decision not to pay a recommended one per cent wage rise to all NHS employees.

Radiographers will also work to rule for the rest of that week.

Emergency care will continue to be provided, but pre-booked appointments may be hit.

A spokeswoman for Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) said: “We are working closely with local Union representatives to ensure to patient safety is maintained. We would like to reassure our patients that all emergency and essential services will continue to operate during the strike period.

“There may, however, be some disruption to routine and elective hospital services during the strike period which may result in some patients experiencing delays or cancellations. Patients who are likely to be affected by this industrial action will be contacted directly to re-schedule their appointments.

“We expect services to return to normal from 1pm.”