Ambulance strikes loom

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FURTHER strikes are going to be held by the ambulance service over pay.

The next walk-out is planned for January 29, and will last for 48 hours, in a bid to forces talks over wages.

Rehana Azam, GMB NHS national officer, said: ‘The GMB has no alternative but to escalate the strike action in the NHS.

‘Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is acting irresponsibly with a continued entrenched position by not engaging in any meaningful talks with the health unions.’

Over the past few months hundreds of NHS workers have walked out over the issue.

The dispute is over the government refusing to award a one per cent pay increase, which was recommended by an independent pay review body.