AROUND 70 people marched from Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital last Saturday, shouting, 'Hospital closures, no way-tax the rich and make them pay!' They were protesting at the building of a 'super-hospital' under the Private Finance Initiative approved by the Birmingham Health Authority.
CLEANERS AT the Little Plumstead Hospital in Norwich held a protest outside the hospital last week. Their employer, RCO, has refused to give them any millennium bonus, despite directly employed hospital workers getting £100 a shift over the holiday period.
CLEANING AND catering workers at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, members of the GMB union, have forced concessions from their employer. Last week workers held two hour long protests over pay and conditions. Managers have now agreed to pay the workers back-money owed to them.
THE government could face industrial action from angry and overworked junior doctors in the new year. The British Medical Association's Junior Doctors Committee voted last weekend to throw out the government's pay deal and threatened a new ballot for industrial action. Earlier in the year the government was forced to propose reducing working hours to a maximum of 56 a week and promised to introduce a new pay structure. BMA leaders initially welcomed the proposals, but they faced huge dissatisfaction from ordinary junior doctors.