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Altnagelvin Hospital workers set to strike

27 September, 2007


Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has called for the local health trust to avoid industrial action at Altnagelvin Hospital by accepting the recommendations of an independent panel set up to assess wages of medical secretaries.

Ms Anderson said:

"Medical Secretaries at Altnagelvin Hospital - who provide a vital service - are planning to strike next month after the local health trust refused to recognise the recommendations of an independent panel.

"The panel recommended that these workers should be graded on a Band 4 pay scale as their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales are.

"However, trusts across the North have refused to accept this recommendation and are intent on putting them on a Band 3 scale.

"As a result, staff at Altnagelvin plan to strike on October 10 while other areas are also balloting workers on taking similar steps.

"I will be raising this matter in the Assembly and asking the Minister for Health to intervene on behalf of these hard-working, diligent members.

"I am also calling on the local health trusts to avert strike action and the unnecessary disruption that will mean for patient services by accepting the Panel's findings and paying these workers the wage they are entitled to." ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Medical secretaries provide clerical services and strike action could lead to patient's letters not being typed or distributed to GPs, theatre lists not being typed, results being delayed and problems could also be caused around elective surgery dates and primary target lists etc.

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