Nurses threaten strike action

More than 600 nurses at a high security hospital in Nottingham are threatening to take industrial action over the introduction of a new shift system.

Staff at Rampton High Security Hospital voted overwhelmingly against the new shift system following its introduction.

Steve Oxby, the Prison Officers’ Association’s branch chairman at Rampton, said: "Management are ignoring the views of its staff. Some 661 staff responded to the ballot with 653 rejecting the proposal and only eight in favour."

Mr Oxby said staff had now withdrawn goodwill and were refusing to work overtime.

Management have offered each member of staff £500 to accept the new shift system but Mr Oxby said that a ballot was still in the pipeline over possible strike action.

By Ben Willmott

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