Protest by NHS staff at hospital

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ANGRY health service staff on Wearside are set to protest during their lunch breaks today.

Sunderland Royal Hospital workers, who are members of the Unison union, will hold a day of protest aimed at getting better pay and conditions.

It comes after the Government’s decision to agree to a one per cent increase to NHS staff at the top of their incremental scale.

The union say it has left 60 per cent of NHS staff without an increase this year, including 70 per cent of nurses.

Union bosses hope the action will help to build support for a ballot over strike action.

Christina McAnea, Unison’s head of health, said: “We are the largest health union, and we take the responsibility that comes with that, very seriously.

“Members neither strike often or easily, but this time it feels that we have no choice.”