Different well being unions are additionally balloting staff for industrial motion. On Thursday evening GMB Scotland introduced the suspension of strikes on account of begin subsequent week whereas it consults with its members over a brand new pay supply from the Scottish authorities.
Midwives and physiotherapists are additionally voting on strikes, whereas a poll of junior docs opens within the new yr.
Steve Barclay, Well being and Social Care Secretary, stated: “I’m vastly grateful for the arduous work and dedication of nurses and deeply remorse some union members might be taking industrial motion.
“These are difficult instances for everybody and the financial circumstances imply the RCN’s calls for, which on present figures are a 19.2 per cent pay rise, costing £10 billion a yr, are usually not reasonably priced.
“We have now prioritised the NHS with an additional £6.6 billion, on high of earlier report funding, and accepted the suggestions of the impartial NHS Pay Overview Physique to provide nurses a good pay rise of a minimum of £1,400 this yr. This implies a newly certified nurse will usually earn over £31,000 a yr – with extra senior nurses incomes rather more than that – they may even obtain a pension contribution value 20 per cent of their wage.
“Our precedence is conserving sufferers secure. The NHS has tried and examined plans in place to minimise disruption and guarantee emergency providers proceed to function.”
NHS Confederation vows to prioritise affected person security
Matthew Taylor, chief government of the NHS Confederation, stated: “Well being leaders perceive this can be an unsure time for many individuals, together with those that routinely depend on the NHS, and that these strikes are coming forward of what tends to be the busiest time of the yr for the service.
“The expectation stays that at the least, pressing, emergency and significant care providers will proceed on strike days and may there be momentary adjustments to non-urgent features of care, reminiscent of check-ups and deliberate procedures, the NHS will ensure that that is communicated upfront to sufferers, prioritising their security always.”
Wes Streeting, shadow well being secretary, stated: “Why on earth is the Well being Secretary refusing to barter with nurses? Sufferers already can’t get handled on time, strike motion is the very last thing they want, but the Authorities is letting this occur. Sufferers won’t ever forgive the Conservatives for this negligence.”
In the meantime, senior GPs on the British Medical Affiliation on Thursday urged colleagues to grow to be “activists” to construct assist for industrial motion by GPs. Dr Kieran Shannon made the decision at a convention of Native Medical Committees, which on Thursday voted to chop GP core opening hours to 9am to 5pm.
GPs stated anticipating their practices to open from 8am to six.30pm was discriminatory towards those that wished to have households, which on account of a “still-patriarchal” society principally affected ladies.