Skip to main content

Home  »  Business NewsUK Employment news   »   NHS Healthcare Assistants Begin Three-Day Strike Over Pay

NHS Healthcare Assistants Begin Three-Day Strike Over Pay

NHS building

Hundreds of healthcare assistants at two NHS trusts have started a three-day strike over fair pay. 

Staff at Kettering General Hospital, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital, and Northampton General Hospital are participating in the strike action.

Leanne Weatherley, the Unison branch secretary at Kettering General Hospital, expressed her solidarity with fellow healthcare assistants, emphasizing the need for fair recognition and pay. 

However, Richard Mitchell, the chief executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group, which oversee the five hospitals, declined to comment on the situation.

According to NHS guidelines, healthcare assistants on a band two salary should primarily provide personal care, such as bathing and feeding patients. 

Despite this, many healthcare assistants have been performing clinical tasks, including electrocardiogram tests, beyond their pay grade.

employer

Unison has been campaigning for these healthcare assistants to be reclassified to a band three salary and to receive appropriate back pay for their clinical roles since 2018. 

Weatherley voiced her frustration, noting the significant financial implications and criticizing the lack of negotiation from hospital management. 

Need Career Advice? Get employment skills advice at all levels of your career

She stressed that recognizing and valuing healthcare assistants is crucial for the welfare of patients and the stability of the NHS, describing them as the backbone of the organisation.

Chris Jenkinson, Unison East Midlands regional secretary, urged the chief executive to acknowledge the seriousness of the workers' demands and to present a reasonable offer to address the long-standing pay disparities.

The strike action is scheduled from June 4 to June 7, running daily from 07:00 to 14:30 BST. 

Despite the ongoing strike, the chief executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group has maintained his silence.

Follow us on YouTubeXLinkedIn, and Facebook

Tags:
NHS