More than 22,000 public hospital workers across NSW have unanimously voted to strike over fears about workplace safety.

NSW Health Services Union delegates on Tuesday (16th July) voted to stop work for four hours on August 1, as they fight for increased security at the state’s hospitals.

“We want a safer workplace … the government needs to take security seriously within the health setting,” HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes told reporters in Sydney.

Paramedics, allied health, catering, administration and security staff across the state will take part in the action.