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Radiographers strike over pay

Radiographers use x-rays to examine patients. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Radiographers at hospitals across the region are due to go on strike today for the first time in more than 30 years, in a dispute over pay.

They'll stop work for four hours and carry out further industrial action for the rest of the week.

It comes a week after other members of the NHS went out on strike over the same issue.

Cumberland Infirmary walked out at 9 o'clock this morning for four hours Credit: ITV News Border

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The leader of Allerdale Borough Council Alan Smith says he is dedicated to pushing this through to keep services in West Cumbria.

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NHS strike continues across Cumbria

Health unions continue strikes across Cumbria Credit: ITV News Border

Some Cumbrian NHS staff are beginning the first of four days of working to rule following yesterday's strike.

Nurses and midwives are among those taking part in the protest over pay.

The unions want all NHS staff to receive a 1% pay award but the government says they can't afford it.

'Fair Pay' say health unions

Health unions striking outside the West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbrian NHS staff have joined pickets outside the region's hospitals in a national strike over pay.

Ambulance workers, nurses and midwives were among those from 6 unions taking part in the 4 hour stoppage between 7am and 11am.

The unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff but the government says the organisation just can't afford it.

Today's strike will be followed from tomorrow by four days of working to rule.

Some staff are due an incremental pay rise but the unions say this is not a pay award but a contractual right.

Emergency services continued as normal during the strike action but some appointments and operations were expected to be postponed.

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