Tory Health secretary Andrew Lansley cancelled his visit to St Mary’s hospital in Portsmouth at the last minute on Thursday of last week.
Some 50 trade unionists and campaigners—including public sector workers on strike over pensions—turned out to protest at his visit. Activists were bouyed by the no-show.
The Unison union may ballot for strikes against an attack on cleaning and catering workers’ pay at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge.
A forced shift pattern change will rob 45 workers of unsociable hours pay.
In addition to these attacks, 600 workers will lose a total of £3,000 a year in paid tea breaks. Meanwhile the company has raked in millions in profits.