Northampton General Hospital bosses urge staff consider carefully effect of industrial action

Northampton General Hospital
Northampton General Hospital

Bosses at Northampton General Hospital have said planned industrial action next week by members of three unions will have a disruptive impact on patient care.

Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and the GMB union have told the hospital some of its members will work to rule between next Tuesday and Friday, which means they will work strictly to contracted start and finish times and take up all unpaid breaks.

Members of the Hospital Consultants Specialists Association have also voted to take unspecified action short of a strike at NGH between the same dates.

And Unite and the Society of Radiographers will also take some action, although the details and dates are not yet clear.

Of the remaining unions, the main bodies for for nurses and physiotherapists have told NGH bosses they will not be taking action on those dates.

Urging staff to declare to their manager if they are striking so the hospital can plan ahead, a letter to staff from the human resources department, which has been seen by the Chron, says: “The priority for Northampton General Hospital is to minimise any disruption to our services and the quality and safety of patient care as a result of the industrial action.

“The proposed industrial action is likely to have a disruptive impact on the care of patients and the delivery of services. In the interest of providing care to patients, I urge you all to carefully consider the effect of any action that you may take.

“The Trust is, as you would expect, taking measures to ensure that services and the quality of patient care are not compromised. In particular, we will be discussing with the Unions mechanisms to ensure that services which involve emergency and critical care are not affected.

It adds: “As indicated above, the industrial action relates to a national dispute with the Government over pay. This national dispute cannot be resolved by the Trust as your employer and can

only be resolved at a national level.”