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Hospital Workers Stage Strike

Monday October 13 2014

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

BARNSLEY Hospital workers have staged a four-hour strike in a dispute over pay.

Nationwide industrial action took place from 7-11am on Monday morning, with midwives, nurses and ambulance staff all protesting.

A statement from Barnsley Hospital said: "Plans were in place to ensure that services continued to be delivered safely and consistently throughout the strike period.

"We had been working closely with staff to ensure that any impact to patients was kept to a minimum."
Urgent care was not affected.

What do you think? Do you back the strike? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by tinker on Monday October 13 2014 at 14:12
Good luck to the hard working nhs staff. It's the high percentage of staff on long term sickness with full pay that drags the service down!

Reply Posted by Charles on Monday October 13 2014 at 14:49
I agree with that, but strike action is rather foolish

Reply Posted by to charles on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:00
Why is strike action foolish ? MPS got 10% pay rise and the hospital workers are asking for 1% and who do we all think deserve it most..

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 08:25

MP's have had 21% pay rises over the last two years NHS staff will be lucky to get such a figure over their entire career!

Reply Posted by greedy on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:50
. av a look at my paynote. that will put a tear in ye eye nhs staff..lets all laff at factory workers on minimum wage, who av to work setday and sundays 4 single time. get ova it nhs staff. a bet ye can double what I get a week...no sympathy 4 ye..greed.

Reply Posted by gud on the nhs. on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:00
you should have got an education and you could have been in a better paid job.. yes I do laugh at lower end of the scale workers, your choice to learn at school , but I guess you just couldn,t be bother and now you pay the price.. ahahahha

Reply Posted by Dear "Greedy" on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:18
As others have said, just because you earn peanuts working in a factory because you don't have decent qualifications is no reason why people who have worked hard, got a good education and literally take life in their own hands at work should not be given a measly 1% pay rise. Once inflation is taken into consideration (not that you'll understand this concept I appreciate), but an average paid nurse/midwife is now 10% worse off than they were 4 years ago.

Personally I don't laugh at people at the lower end of the pay scale, fair play to you at least you go to work and earn a living rather than refusing to go and sit at home taking the dole money. Your situation is not comparable to that of a fully qualified and experienced medical professional though. If you don't like your pay, do something about it - get trained, get a professional job, but don't begrudge others who have put the hard work in and as a result get more than you do.

Reply Posted by Margaret on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:09
Who do we think work the hardest our stretched nhs or our mps with there 10per cent sat on there posteriors to put it politely no contest the nhs wins hands down give them a good pay increase

Reply Posted by B on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:09
Greedy.... What a silly thing to say nurses and midwives train for 3yrs and hold degrees which is why we are not on minimum wage! However given that the minimum wage and benefits keep going up in line with inflation and nurses have had a pay freeze for 3yrs it seems only right that we should at least be offered 1%. I take it that as you seem to be under the impression that we should get paid the same as someone in a job requiring no qualifications that you would be happy to be treated by nursing staff that have no required training and staff morale lower that it is at present??!!! I think not

Reply Posted by malcolm day on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:10
Bankers, politicians, and the rich don't have to go on strike they just take what they like, then moan when workers have to strike for a pittance. Absolutely support the hardworking staff in the NHS.

Reply Posted by nursey on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:27
Greedy your post just shows your ignorance. 3 years in uni plus ongoing training to keep up to date is what it takes to get and keep a job as a nurse. But you sleep easy my friend as I get ready to work through the night tonight with peoples lives in my hands!

Reply Posted by greedy on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:01
gud on the nhs... I did have a education you fool, went straight darn pit got made redundant..been in a factory since, on a lot less money. im not greedy. like some. ok they do a great job. so duz the rest of us.. nursey 3 yrs uni..that's nice.. 18yrs darn pit love, o shut tit..

Reply Posted by greedy on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:05
nursey. when you used to sleep easy I used to work through the night digging coal to keep you warm. get over it.

Reply Posted by gud on the nhs on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:12
greedy, everybody I know who worked down the pit, live a very good life, pub most nights , holidays , retired at 50..deafness claim, white finger. breathing, you cant have claimed nothing you sad man.

Reply Posted by deano on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 19:24
depends how old you were when they were shutting the pits as to whether you get retirement at 50,for everyone who qualified there are dozens who don't.As for deafness,white finger and breathing problems,you actually think this is the good life?holidays? we got no more than anybody else,4 weeks plus stats.

Reply Posted by nursey on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:20
Greedy i will not shut up. 3 years at uni but have worked from being 16 years old...first on marker, thennin an office, have had cleaning jobs, bar jobs you name it BEFORE i got sick of low paid work wheni knew i could do better so i went back to uni as a single mum, also caring for my dyjng mother and worked my butt off to qualify as a nurse and supposedly make a better life for me and my family. You arent the only person to have worked hard all their lives ....so have i and many others. If you dont like what you are doing.....do something about it like i did! Put up or shut up!

Reply Posted by nursey on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:29
To greedy, one more thought.....i supported the miners in that god awful year long strike. Didnt call you greedy then, supported you in fighting for better pay and to keep your jobs. Now you are calling those who are fighting for the same.....great way to show solidarity!

Reply Posted by nhs forever on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:48
Greedy all due respect u work right, I have respect for that fact but resenting the fact that others earn more us not goung to help you sleep at night mate.Yes you abd ma y more work hard and have a purpose but dont take the fact that your company is too tight to pay weekend and unsociable increments out on someone who has worked hard.Obtaining a degree is not a walk in the park.Its hard graft.Nurses by the waygo home on a night and ca t sleep for worrying if they actually gave mrs so n so that tablet ir signed fjr something when under pressure.Noone actually knows how hard a job us without doing it themselves.Most nurses are nt just in it for the money. Thers a certain amount of genuinley been caring cs you dont learn how to comfort a family whove just lost thier lived one.You cant put a orice on what they do.Your entitled to an opinion but first educate yourself.

Reply Posted by m on Monday October 13 2014 at 18:20
Strike is the last thing anyone who works in the NHS wants they know it means basic cares will be given usually by managers people that haven't touched a patent for years. The Manager that are on wages that could pay for 2qualified nurses or 3 auxiliary nurses, but they managed to give them a good pay rise. The health minister said if he gives us a pay rise it would mean job cuts, well that would be ok with me if they cut down on managers as most of the time as the saying goes there's more chiefs than Indians, that certainly true in my experiences

Reply Posted by nurse on Monday October 13 2014 at 18:34
Greedy has no idea . We have great responsibility on our shoulders. We dont get breaks , we dont get to go to the loo, we get abused verbally and physically...by patients and families...most places would not tolerate this but nhs endures this.
i go home i do not sleep easy, i wake up in the night if ive forgotten the smallest thing, I worry about my patients when im at home...so please dont go banging on about the mines and the strike.....my dad n grandad were miners we all went through it...
We never strike and I didnt as my union doesnt strike...but never is there a patient left uncared for.

Reply Posted by nursey on Monday October 13 2014 at 19:23
Well said nurse....patient care always comes first no matter how far we are stretched. X

Reply Posted by staff nurse on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:00
I looked after a patient. He had a respiratory arrest; his colour was so dusky. His airway was clear, I applied oxygen. Respiratory rate absent. Heart rate extremely low. Rescue breaths were given, chest compressions started. He still wasn't breathing. Another cycle carried out, finally a breath! He was 18 months old at the time. He made a full recovery after some time. I looked at the clock, it was 3 hours past my finishing time, I didn't care. On that day, at that moment my patient was far more important than my own family! Why? Because his life depended on me.
I'm sure every nurse has a similar story. We train hard and work hard. And we deserve a pay rise. I'm very grateful that most comments support us and are not against us.
Everyone who works plays an important part in keeping the society we live in going. I am not going to discredit anyone who had a job. Just please understand that with our job comes great responsibility and accountability. Medicine is forever changing and the role of a nurse is forever changing.

Reply Posted by staff nurse on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:02
*has not had!

Reply Posted by bluesky on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:05
The problem with people in Barnsley is that thete are too many jealous uneducated louts who hate to see anyone doing well. There is a lack of comprehension of what hard work at school can do for you and a bad attitude towards those who get a good education. Good luck to the NHS and its workers they deserve more than 1%.
As do fire and police.

Reply Posted by RGN on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:10
So 'greedy' obviously nurses don't work night shifts, work thirteen hr days with no break..oh and who were the people that treated your injured work colleagues..what pathetic comments made by you..you not heard of rate of inflation..well our wages have not gone up in line with that...think about your comments also when a relative of yours is needing treatment..not being funny mate but good will does not pay the bills and we all have families to support..

Reply Posted by RGN on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:45
Also I think u must work for the wrong company.my fella has a factory job n earns nearly the same as I do.he agrees that our pay is unfair.how can u justify him earning the same as someone that saves lives on a daily basis...fair enough u were keeping us warm but there were also nurses keeping people alive at the same time when u were on nights.maybe not me as I am only in my 30s but the nurses that helped train me.most people work hard but when it is not recognised and is taken for granted then it is time to make a stand. I love my job and have made sacrifices for it as have many other healthcare professionals.

Reply Posted by not greedy on Monday October 13 2014 at 21:07
Sorry greedy, but u cant compare keeping people warm to saving someones life.

Reply Posted by twihard fan on Monday October 13 2014 at 21:25
While they were on strike a friends mum had a fall and cracked the back of her head open may I add she was in her late 80s and got told it wasn't an emergency and to call back at 11. It was 1055 when they phoned and she lived 5 mind from ambulance station. I think this is ridiculous and very unfair to leave an elderly lady in that state

Reply Posted by nhs forever on Monday October 13 2014 at 22:03
Its a shame these lovely people had ti strike at all as cockface cameron wont listen anyway.Hes made it quite clear he won't be fazed .The patient s will suffer and him and his sidekicks will still be living in thier luxury with thier 10 pr centbpay rise.

Reply Posted by ann on Monday October 13 2014 at 22:03
We can all manage to survive without mp who do nothing for us but we can't manage without nursing medical staff. They all deserve a decent wage it's hard dedicated long hours of work that they put in.

Reply Posted by ann on Monday October 13 2014 at 22:15
Before you make stupid comments. I suggest you go try a week in the life of medical staff then you will know how hard we work.

Reply Posted by m on Monday October 13 2014 at 22:38
No pay rise yet a 20% rise in registration fees just to be able to work. Fully support the nurses and midwives strike. I've worked in a factory before going to university to gain my nursing qualifications. On going training to remain on the register. I can work 15/16 hours a day often with no breaks. On calls too. A nurse is NEVER off duty. Minimum wage rises each year yet nurses have had a pay freeze and technically are worse off. Think nurses have it easy Greedy I suggest you do their job for a week! Then you may have the right to moan.

Reply Posted by tinker on Monday October 13 2014 at 23:15
Sort the sick pay of the nhs workers out! Too many of them screw the system on full pay! Time the ambulance and firemen stopped getting early retirement through ill health, I know people living the life of Riley after faking ill health !

Reply Posted by nurse on Monday October 13 2014 at 23:39
Greedy...the sick pay system has been revised to stop it being abused. You dont get early retirement through ill health. You take the contributions you are entitled to at that time.
I pay approx £280 a month into my pension for my retirement.
think of us at christmas when our families are without us , while the factories break up and we are nursing the community . ....btw im not moaning i went into nursing fully aware we would often have to sacrifice time with our loved ones to be there for others.

Reply Posted by nurse on Monday October 13 2014 at 23:41
Sorry i meant tinker not greedy

Reply Posted by k on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 06:45
There are many who didn't support strike action. In the current climate I'm glad I still have a job and a decent one with a brilliant pension. The reason I got from someone on strike was these weren't the benefits I signed up for and we are getting cheated... I'm sorry the NHS is billions in debt, yes it could sort the executives out, but with more people living longer the system was no longer sustainable. There are many jobs out there where staff with hard 24/7, not just in the nhs.. People working with adults with severe disabilities, who get under £12, 000 a year springs to mind.

Reply Posted by greedy on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 08:36
do you still laugh at the lower scale workers gud on the nhs....ye no better than the rest of us. statements like that. no wonder the lower scale workers are bitter.

Reply Posted by colin on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 22:00
Greedy - Your comments are a disgrace. Good luck the NHS and I truly hope you get what you deserve,

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 09:55
Greedy@ why do I have the feeling that you are trying to disrupt this post, I think you are a wind up merchant who would love to wreck what is an overwhelming majority for the strike on this post.

Reply Posted by Support the strike!!! on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 17:26
Nobody has no idea how hard the nhs staff work until theyve done it themselves. Day in and out, leaving all there own problems and worries at home to come and care for you, and your family members. They deserve a measley 1% increase, how anyone can disagree is beyond me. Inflation and everything around us is going up, including the £120 fee nurses now have to pay per year to be able to work as a nurse!!!! The education level now risen to degree standard, not diploma. Everything except the pay, it disgusting. Something needs to change. These people are working to save lifes, if thats not one of the most important jobs in the world, then deserves a little recognition then i dont know what is.

Reply Posted by Jayne on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 18:05
I can not believe the nasty thoughtless comments made by Greedy on here. I'm a nurse, but before I became a nurse I worked in low paid jobs, I worked all hours around the clock. But I gave up on the lower pay and went back to school redid my GCSE (cse when I was at school love) I went to collage, I went to uni, I got a full time nursing job whilst working towards my self funded nursing degree, I pay as every nurse my professional registration fee which continues to increase. Like most nurses I work my days off to cover short falls when staff are sick, I work late to make sure your loved ones get the care they need, I provide life saving therapy for your loved ones, I am abused by patients and their families, I have been gut punched by grown men for trying to save their lives, Iv been scratched, bitten and spat at in this thing called caring. I like other nurses do not get over time, my pay has not increased with inflation but my pension contributions have. My dad was a miner and he had more respect in his little finger than you greedy for those nurses who cared for him after his surgery for cancer, for those who kept him alive with a god forbidden disease which took him after his 4th battle to it. Being a miner in years gone was a hard job but you didn't get beat by those you supported every time you went to work. You like us were raped by the management and government who made choices on your behalf for your benefit and when you did not like it you all went on STRIKE. Your idea of a strike was one out ALL out, unfortunately as a nurse I can only stand on a picket line in my time off because your loved one still need a sodding nurse by their bed NUMPTY, STRIKE in the NHS can not and never will make a true impact because if we did follow the miners in one out all out people would die.

Reply Posted by deano on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 19:26
a days action here and there or a few hours here and there will not change the government,you have to be prepared to take long term action and you have to be united.A few flags and hooters isn't enough,this isn't a dig,i'm just pointing out the reality.

Reply Posted by truth on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 20:46
well said jayne! i agree with every word, not all of the public will understand as unless you are in the job people are unrealistic and have very little idea what we actually do every day and what we put up with for very little thanks zero tolerance a load of rubbish the only support we get is from sercurity. at least thankfully there are some patients and there familys who give positive feedback for good quality care.

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 21:14
im a paramedic not had a pay rise for 5 years I use to get a 45 min unpaid break now Yorkshire Ambulance have taken 15 minutes of that away I didn't get paid any extra due this and the chief executive of yorkshire ambiance and his directors have gave themselves a 30% pay rise

Reply Posted by truth on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 21:40
30% i hadnt heard that mick, thats quite a payrise for those sat in suits behind office doors making decisions to make your job more difficult its a joke. wouldnt it be great if they could make the suits work on the shop floor and actually get their hands dirty although they wouldnt know what to do in an emergency situation so not fair on patients.