by Tim Lezard Radiographers who work in the NHS are today on strike over pay. It is the first time SoR members have taken action for more than thirty years and is followed by a work-to-rule for the rest of the week. Chief executive Richard Evans said:  …

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Radiographers who work in the NHS are today on strike over pay.

It is the first time SoR members have taken action for more than thirty years and is followed by a work-to-rule for the rest of the week.

Chief executive Richard Evans said: “There is the possibility of more action by radiographers in the future. The anger that they and other health professionals feel is very strong.”

The action is being taken because of an ongoing pay freeze. The government rejected a recommended 1% pay rise for the current year and Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary for England, has said that there will be no increase in 2015. The pay freeze will have been imposed for four out of five years.

Richard Evans said: “Radiographers will try and keep the effect on patients to a minimum but radiographers and other healthcare workers have got to the stage that they feel there is no alternative.

“Because of inflation, staff in the NHS have been taking a year-on-year pay cut. Unless we show the government that we are serious about our claim that NHS staff should be treated fairly, they will continue to take advantage of our goodwill.

“There is a shortage of radiographers, which already has an effect on the timely delivery of diagnostic examinations and the treatment of cancer, which has direct negative consequences on patients.

“Without reasonable and proper recognition of the work that they do, it is increasingly likely that qualified professionals will leave radiography and it will become even more difficult to recruit the additional people which are needed.”


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