Hospital pathologists at the Royal Preston and Chorley hospitals will start an overtime ban, and withdraw from on call and rota cover from Monday (14 October) in their continuing dispute over ‘dangerously low’ staffing levels.
The staff at the Lancashire hospitals, who test blood samples and monitor blood transfusions, will start their action at 00.01 on Monday.
The pathologists, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, already staged a 24 hour strike in August to protest at low staffing levels, high levels of stress and excessive hours, which, the union says, could jeopardise patient care.
Unite regional officer Steve Davies said: “The management is not listening to our legitimate concerns over patient safety and, very reluctantly, our members are starting an overtime ban and withdrawing from on call and rota cover arrangements from Monday. This will continue until the dispute is settled.
“Unite’s door is open for a constructive dialogue regarding the dangerously low staffing levels in these departments at the two hospitals.”
Last month shoppers in Chorley and Preston witnessed a ‘bed race’ staged by Unite activists to highlight the issues at the centre of the pathologists’ dispute.
For further information please contact Steve Davies on 07960 091904 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.