Nurses across the UK travel on strike for in first time over two days in two weeks before Christmas after ministers turned down their requests for official negotiations over NHS payment.
King’s College of Nursing Care (RCN) stated that its members national strikes – first in its 106-year history – on 15 and 20 December. Senior sources said the strike is expected to last for 12 hours on both days – most likely between 8 am and 8 pm.
Unprecedented national strikes would severely disrupt nursing care and likely first in a series of strikes over winter and spring by other NHS personnel, including junior doctors and emergency workers.
RCN said it confirmed the dates after the UK government turned around down his proposal of formal, detailed negotiations as an alternative to a strike.
“The ministers had more It’s been over two weeks since we confirmed that our members felt such an injustice that they struck for in first time,” RCN said in a statement. general secretary, Pat Cullen. “My suggestion of official negotiations were declined and, instead, the ministers chose to go on strike.
“They have power and the means to stop it by starting serious negotiations about our dispute.
“Nursing staff is fed up of take for let’s say it’s enough of low wages and unsafe staffing levels, enough of Not being able to give our patients the care they deserve.”
Strikes will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. RCN to announce which NHS employers will be affected next week when official notifications will be presented, the report said.
In Scotland, RCN suspends strike announcement after Scottish government reopened NHS payment negotiations.
Earlier this month RCN announced that the medical staff in the majority of NHS employers across the UK vote to strike over pay and patient safety.
RCN said that despite the salary rise of around £1,400 awarded in summer experienced nurses are worse off by 20% in real terms due to successive below- inflation premiums since 2010.
RCN said the economic argument for fair pay for nurses clear when billions of pounds sterling was spent on agency staff to fill gaps in the workforce.
it added what in in last year25,000 nurses across the UK left register of the Council for Nursing and Midwifery, with low wages are contributing to a shortage of staff across the country, which he warned is affecting patient safety. There are 47,000 unfilled NHS registered nurse positions. in England is alone.
Other health unions also running workers for Industrial Activity. They were warning for months when employees leave in huge numbers over salary and low morale, leading to a shortage of staff in hospitals and other parts of NHS.
Wes Streeting, shadow health secretary said: “Why on earth it’s health secretary refusal to negotiate with nurses? Patients already can’t be treated on time, strike last thing they need government allows this to happen. Patients will never forgive conservatives for this negligence.”
Health secretary, Steve Barclay, insisted he was “very grateful” for in hard work of nurses and deeply regretted the strike. However, he refused to open formal negotiations and described the RCN’s demands as “not available”.
“Our priority is to keep patients safe,” Barclay said. added. “The National Health Service has tried and tested plans in place minimize interference and ensure emergency services continue to operate.”