VIDEO: King’s Lynn hospital workers back national strike

Hospital workers in Lynn have been praised for turning out to support a national strike over pay.

Seventy people, including many midwives, manned four picket lines around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site for four hours in torrential rain while many workers did not clock on until 11am.

Health unions strike outside the main entrance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday. ANL-141013-104738009 ANL-141013-104738009

Health unions strike outside the main entrance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday. ANL-141013-104738009 ANL-141013-104738009

Thousands of NHS workers staged the first strike in decades to fight for fairer pay.

Five unions -including the Royal College of Midwives which went on strike for the first time - are calling for a one per cent pay rise for all staff but the Government says this is too expensive.

The hospital says core services were not affected by the strike action.

Darren Barber, chairman of the hospital’s joint staff-side committee and secretary of its Unison branch, estimates between 70 and 100 people supported the strike.

He said: “It is an absolute credit to the people who have turned up in this weather. The support we have had from the public is unbelievable.”