Members of staff at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be manning the picket lines on Monday morning as a four-hour strike has been called by various unions.

Members of Unite, Unison, the Royal College of Midwives, radiographers, ambulance staff, the association of occupational therapists and members of a management union will all be taking part in the action.

The strike will last four hours from 7am, and there will be a picket line at the main entrance of the Gayton Road hospital.

There will also be industrial action  from October 13 to 17 as union members work only their contracted hours, a work to rule, and take their breaks.

A hospital spokesman said the industrial action was not expected to affect patient services and it would remain open throughout.

The accident and emergency department will operate as normal and the spokesman added that management would run the hospital on a Bank Holiday service if that proved necessary.

Branch secretary for Unison at the hospital, Darren Barber, said in a statement: “After this strike action we will be showing our support to all NHS workers by marching in London on October 18.”

The action comes as unions say the government has ignored the NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendations and instead, gave a one per cent increase to staff at the top of their pay scale.

“Staff need to be treated well,” added Mr Barber, who is also a member of the hospital’s staff consultative committee.

A second four-hour strike by the unions is set to take place at the QEH on Monday, November 10

The hospital has not issued a statement ahead of the action.