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NHS 13th October Strike

Friday, October 10, 2014

GMB Members In The NHS To Take Strike Action On Monday 13th October In Pay Dispute

Staff take action with a heavy heart as their only priority is to deliver the best patient care, quality and outcomes while Secretary of State for Health has refused to meet with unions says GMB.

GMB members in the NHS will take part in strike action between 7am and 11am on Monday 13th October 2014 in a dispute over pay alongside members from other unions. See notes to editors for some locations where there will be GMB picket lines and details of local GMB contacts.

The strike action on Monday will be followed by an overtime ban in the ambulance service from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th inclusive, with other NHS employees working to their contracted hours during the same period.

GMB conducted an official ballot of 22,000 members in the NHS in England and Northern Ireland. There was overwhelming support for industrial action against the government and employers pay policies.

The pay offer is a 1% unconsolidated offer for 2014 for those who get it and a further 1% unconsolidated offer in 2015 for those who get it. 

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer, said “On Monday 13th October from 7am NHS Staff will stop work and join a picket line outside their NHS workplace.

NHS Staff take action with a heavy heart as their only priority is to deliver the best patient care, quality and outcomes. Even after staff voted to take strike action and action short of a strike the Secretary of State for Health has refused to meet with the unions representing NHS staffs.

GMB has agreed at regional and local level with Ambulance Services that life-threatening and certain other categories of call (such as renal dialysis and Oncology patients in the North West) will be responded to by GMB ambulance crews during the forthcoming dispute in the NHS.  In addition, GMB has agreed that the major and hazardous incident team will remain on duty in case a major incident occurs.

The strike has arisen because of the Government’s overruling of the independent, NHS Pay Review Body’s (PRB) recommendation for a 1% consolidated pay rise across the board for all NHS staff.

The intervention by Government means that the 1% will only be available to approximately 40% of NHS employees and it will not be consolidated in to basic pay

Government intervention is in stark contrast to its view when the independent Pay Review Body for MP’s recommended that MP’s should receive a pay rise of 11%.”.  In that case the government said it could not interfere with the recommendation because it had come from an independent body. Our members are angry as there seems to be one rule for MP’s and a different rule for everyone else.

Members have seen workload increasing and colleagues being overworked. When the cost of living has increased members have endured not just pay freezes but pay cuts, as NHS pay rates are frozen to April 2013 rates.

Jeremy Hunt claims that he withholding the NHS Pay Review Body recommendation s because the cost of implementation will mean further job cuts. NHS Staff are not convinced this is the case as they know the true cost of what is happening to the NHS.

£3 billion was wasted on top down NHS reorganisation while £13.5 billion of NHS services are tendered to the private sector and over £1 billion NHS money has been returned to Treasury. This demonstrates the choices Jeremy Hunt is making over NHS Staff pay.”


Contact Rehana Azam 07841 181 656 or Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or regional contacts below or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Some GMB NHS Picket Lines Monday on 13 October 2014 with some GMB regional contacts


The contacts for the Strike day are

David Warwick - 07957 266751 (Dudley & Erdington)

Mark Bergman - 07957 266460 (Stoke)

Neil Williams - 07714 539889

Russell Farrington - 07957 266519

Amanda Gearing - Senior Organiser - 07957 265678          

Northampton General Hospital Outside A&E Department

City Hospital Birmingham

Sandwell hospital

WMAS, Donnington Hub, Wrekin Drive, Donnington, Telford TF2 8EA

WMAS Stoke Ambulance Station, Broomhall Centre, Hilton Road, Stoke on Trent Staffs


WMAS, Erdington Ambulance Hub, Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 0QY

WMAS, Holly Moor Hub, The Lodge, Hollymoor Way, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5HE

WMAS Dudley Hub, Burton Road, Dudley DY1 3BB



Mick Butler – LAS – 07982843767 Tony Hughes – 01582 404842  

London Ambulance service (LAS) Waterloo HQ

LAS Whipps Cross

LAS Romford

LAS Walthamstow

Milton Keynes  Hospital

Addenbrookes Hospital

Bedford Hospital

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Wittington  Hospital

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) Southend

EEAS Basildon

EEAS Colchester

EEAS Luton (pos)

EEAS Kempston



Colin Todd - 07966 327963 Dave Oglesby - 07966 327966 Mick Coppin - 07966 327984 and Harry Harrison - 07501 250820


Most ambulance stations

United Lincs Hospital Trust

Lincoln Country Hospital

Greetwell Road


Linconshire Partnership Foundation Trust

Fen Lane

North Hykeham

Scarborough General Hospital - Scarborough

Scunthorpe General Hospital  Scunthorpe

Hull Royal Infirmary

Anlaby Road, Hull

Castle Hill Hospital  Cottingham

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital  Bassetlaw site

Nottingham University Hospitals  QMC site

Sherwood Forest Hospitals  Kingsmill site



Suzanne Reid – 07870 176728, Keir Howe – 07870 176727 Maxine Bartholomew – 07870 176742         

North Tees Hospital

Stockton Main Entrance

(North Tees & Hartlepool Trust)

West Park Hospital


Main Entrance

(Tees & Esk Wear Valley Trust)

South Tyneside District Hospital

Front Entrance

(South Tyneside NHS FT)




Ray Carrick – 07874 018412






Anfield Ambulance Station Liverpool

NWAS All stations

Royal Liverpool Hospital L7 8XP

Dental Hospital  (adjacent to Royal) L7 8XP

Liverpool Women's Hospital L8 7SS

Alder Hey L12 2AP

Burnley General Hospital BB10 2PQ

Royal Blackburn Hospital BB2 3HH

Clatterbridge Hospital CH63 4JY

Aintree Hospital (Fazakerley) L9 7AL

Royal Oldham Hospital OL1 2JH



Ben McArdle – 020 8401 3627  Nick Day – 020 8303 3407

Croydon University Hospital

at the main entrance on London Road plus a smaller one at the entrance on Woodcroft Road

CR7 7YE both 7-11am

Great Western Hospital  Swindon 8.00am

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich 6.45am

Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth

London Ambulance Service, Waterloo Office 7am

Kings College Hospital 7am

Princess Royal Hospital 7am

South East Coast Ambulance Service 7am

St Georges Hospital at the main entrance on Blackshaw Road

SW17 0QT


Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust HQ entrance on Randalls Road

Leatherhead  KT22 7AD from 8am (



Ray Stewart – 01752 439274 ext 39274       

Derriford Hospital

Three Entrance/Exit points


Central Records Library  Plymouth



Airedale hospital  Outside main entrance  from 7 to 11am John Grogan MP will be in attendance

Barnsley hospital  Demo & Picket  Outside of main entrance   Gawber Road  7 to 11am

Bradford Care Trust  Lindley Mount  7 to 11am

Calderdale hospital  Main-entrance  7 to 11 am

Doncaster hospital  Main entrance  7to 11am

Dewsbury hospital  Main entrance 7 to 11am

Pinderfield hospital  2 entrances  7am to 11 am

Leeds teaching hospitals  St James and LGI  main entrance at each site 7 -11am

York hospital  Main entrance  7am to 11 am

YAS  Wakefield HQ





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