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City hospital staff join protest on pay.

HOSPITAL scientists and technicians from Coventry and Warwickshire were today joining a mass protest in London calling for fairer pay.

More than 1,000 members of the MSF union were lobbying parliament with empty white coats and bags of peanuts to demonstrate their pay concerns to MPs.

Coaches with staff from across the West Midlands travelled from Birmingham and Worcester to the capital.

MSF has today sent a message to every MP in a card that warns of a potential public tragedy because of low pay for cancer screeners and other scientists.

It says a cytology screener spends two years, after university, training to check cell specimens for cancer.

Other staff fighting for better pay include medical laboratory scientists, haematologists who ensure blood quality for operations, and technicians who maintain eq-uipment.

The starting salaries for cytologists is pounds 10,843 and for medical technical officers pounds 10,090.

The MSF union says their pay has fallen behind other groups by up to 30 per cent in the 15 years since Kenn-eth Clark as health minister excluded them from the Pay Review Body, which sets other public sector rises.
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Author:Hall, Paula
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Apr 5, 2000
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