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NHS nursing staff across the UK go on strike

NHS nursing staff across the UK embark on 2-day strike. The Royal College of Nursing is campaigning for a pay rise to help tackle staff shortages.

Where: England

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National Health Service nursing staff across the UK have joined picket lines for two consecutive days, starting January 18th.
The Royal College of Nursing said in a press release that “if progress isn’t made by the end of January, we’ve said our strike action will be escalated on 6 and 7 February to include members at 73 NHS trusts in England and all but one NHS employer in Wales.”
“Today’s record number of unfilled nurse jobs cannot be left to get worse. Pay nursing staff fairly to turn this around and give the public the care they deserve,” said Pat Cullen, RCN General Secretary and Chief Executive.
Health secretary Steve Barclay added that the nurses’ strike will cause further disruption for patients and add extra pressure on the NHS.
“I’ve had constructive talks with unions on the 2023/24 pay process and we will continue discussing,” he added.
“This escalation takes us deeper in to the situation NHS leaders have been warning against – a war of attrition between the government and unions spanning several months at a time when NHS services are seeing unprecedented pressures,” said Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.
Emergency care and cancer treatments continue to be available throughout the strike.

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