NHS strike now underway across West Berkshire and beyond
Members of unions Unison, Unite and GMB, many of whom are SCAS employees, are staging the four-hour strike, which began at 7am this morning (Monday) and will complete at 11am, is being held in response to pay proposals put forward by central Government.
The Government has said it cannot afford the one per cent pay increase proposed by NHS staff without putting front line jobs at risk.
Around 400,000 NHS employees will take part in the industrial action nationally today.
A statement released by SCAS said: “We recognize the right of our employees to strike but we need to maintain an essential service to the public.
“In light of this action, we are working closely with all our staff, partners and the public to help us reduce demand on our services.
“We will be working hard to get to our most life-threatening patients as a priority, however there may be a delay in getting to those patients in non-life-threatening conditions.
“We are working closely with our unions to deliver patient care that is not compromised across our emergency and non-emergency services.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and take appropriate action.”
Residents are asked only to call 999 in a genuine emergency. Those with illness or injury which is not life threatening are asked to seek other forms of medical care, such as at local pharmacies, from GP doctors, via NHS111 and at walk-in and minor injury centres.