WATCH: Sunderland NHS workers walk out over pay row

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ANGRY health service staff staged another four-hour walkout today in a row with the Government over pay.

Workers from a host of unions who are staff members at Sunderland Royal Hospital, withdrew their labour from 7am to 11am.

PAY PROTEST: Sunderland Royal Hospital staff on strike outside the entrance in Chester Road.

PAY PROTEST: Sunderland Royal Hospital staff on strike outside the entrance in Chester Road.

Midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff were all involved in the action, the second walkout in five weeks, as they stood outside the hospital grounds in Chester Road.

They were protesting at the Coalition Government’s controversial decision not to accept a recommended one per cent wage rise for all NHS employees.

Unison branch secretary for Wearside, Ann Clay, said: “The decision not to award this rise across the board is a damn insult because we are worth it.

“If we’re in the same situation next year, we will be back to 2013’s pay rates. We’re just asking for fairness.

“The Government say ‘we’re all in this together’. Well, now they should prove it.”

A spokesman for City Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The trust’s over-riding statutory obligation is to provide high quality and safe services to patients and, as with the recent previous action, we have implemented contingency plans in order to meet our obligations.

“We are doing our utmost to ensure that the quality of patient care is not compromised, and to ensure that emergency and critical-care services are unaffected.”

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