Porters at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth set to go on strike

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham
Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham
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PORTERS are set to go on strike at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Members of the GMB union said they are due to walk out over working conditions and lack of staff.

The walkout will take place from midnight on Friday, May 9, for 24 hours.

Nicola Nixon, regional organiser for the GMB, said: ‘Porters have been trying to talk to the hospital trust and Carillion, who run the site, since November. They are unhappy about staff shortages and their grievances are going unheard. This strike will take place every fortnight.’

Porters help to move patients around the hospital.

QA is run by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and a spokesman said: ‘The trust’s highest priority is to provide excellent and safe services to our patients, including during any periods of industrial action. The trust has contingency plans in place to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and all of our services will be operating as usual. We will work hard to ensure patient care and experience is not compromised at all.’