Radiographers at Kettering Hospital to take strike action

Some radiographers at Kettering Hospital are to take industrial action on Monday
Some radiographers at Kettering Hospital are to take industrial action on Monday

Radiographers at Kettering Hospital will be taking part in a national strike on Monday, October 20, between 9am and 1pm.

The industrial action affects members of the Society of Radiographers.

Richard Evans, the society’s chief executive officer, said: “Radiographers who work in the NHS in the four countries of the UK will take part in the action.

“This is the first time since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay and there is the possibility of more action in the future. The anger that they and other NHS workers feel is very strong.”

The society says the action is being taken by members, and many other NHS trade unions, because of an ongoing pay freeze.

Kettering Hospital’s chief operating officer Alan Gurney said: “Some radiographers working for the Trust are planning industrial action on Monday.

“The action has been organised in such a way that it will not impact on patients who need emergency diagnostic care such as x-rays, CT or MRI scans.

“In terms of non-emergency patients we have rearranged some routine scans planned for that morning at Kettering General Hospital.

“Any emergency cases presenting at Corby Urgent Care Centre will be seen.

However we also provide routine access to x-ray for GPs which will not be available on Monday morning.

“We want to emphasise that the industrial action will not impact on any patient who is in urgent need of the relevant scans. We would like to apologise to the small number of patients who may have been affected by this action.”