It isn’t easy being in the public sector in North Wales as of late. Shortly following the Arriva Trains Wales strikes, which saw some disruptions and grievances for many commuters, the area is being hit again by another strike, this time from hospital staff.
Unhappy with their pay, unionised workers from all over North Wales’ main hospitals will be exercising their rights to not indulge in extra contracted work. This means a shortness in overtime and, unfortunately for administration, a lack of cover for emergency practices.
Monday 3rd November saw many staff at the three main hospitals in Wales take industrial action in the morning in an effort to have their voices heard. Nurses, occupational therapists, porters, paramedics, medical secretaries, cooks and healthcare assistants will be taking action over four days of limited working.
Mr Tim Lynch, Interim Director of Secondary Care at the health board, said: “Our Hospital Management Teams at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd Hospital and Wrexham Maelor Hospital are now in the process of putting plans in place to ensure that patients experience minimal disruption to their care or treatment during the strike period.”
Dawn Bowden, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health, also opined: “We understand the complexities within the Welsh budget, but the workforce cannot be expected to continue to plug the financial gap in the Welsh NHS.
“We will work to ensure that there is minimum impact for patients and all NHS Wales employers have been notified of our intention to strike. Strike action is always a last resort.”
This comes shortly after the suspension of yet more staff at the highly troubled Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. The Tawel Fan ward had been closed down after shocking allegations were made about the care people were receiving with a total of fourteen staff accused of the mishandling of mentally disabled people so far.
NorthWales.com ran a piece on the turmoil at Glan Clwyd Hospital earlier in the year.
It doesn’t look great for the state of healthcare in North Wales at the moment, so let us hope that officials get their act together and fast.
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