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Nurses throughout UK to strike on two days in December as disruption deepens

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urses will go on strike on two days subsequent month as a part of a serious escalation in a dispute over pay, the nursing union has introduced.

NHS nurses will stroll out in dozens of trusts on December 15 and 20, the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN) confirmed on Friday.

The primary walkout will come only a day after the RMT union phases a strike on Britain’s railways on December 14.

In a press release, the RCN claimed that ministers had turned down their supply of formal, detailed negotiations as an alternative choice to industrial motion.

The precise listing of which NHS employers can be placing can be launched subsequent week, the RCN stated. There are 12 London trusts in whole the place nurses are set to stroll out.

Hospitals set to be affected within the capital embody Guys and St Thomas, Nice Ormond Road Hospital, the Royal Marsden and Kings Faculty Hospital.

It follows a protracted row between the RCN and The Division of Well being and Social Care (DHSC) over pay, with the union demanding a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation to protect employees from an enormous rise in vitality payments and hire hikes.

The union declare that regardless of a pay rise of round £1,400 awarded in the summertime, skilled nurses are worse off by 20 per cent in actual phrases because of successive below-inflation awards since 2010.

RCN Basic Secretary Pat Cullen stated: “Ministers have had greater than two weeks since we confirmed that our members felt such injustice that they might strike for the primary time.

“My supply of formal negotiations was declined and, as an alternative, ministers have chosen strike motion. They’ve the ability and the means to cease this by opening severe talks that tackle our dispute.

“Nursing employees have had sufficient of being taken without any consideration, sufficient of low pay and unsafe staffing ranges, sufficient of not having the ability to give our sufferers the care they deserve.”

Strike motion is not going to affect emergency providers and intensive care items will stay totally staffed, the RCN has stated. Nevertheless, industrial motion is prone to have an effect on routine providers similar to knee and hip replacements or psychological well being care.

The RCN’s mandate to organise strikes runs till early Might 2023, six months after members completed voting.

RCN Director for England Patricia Marquis apologised to sufferers for any disruption throughout the industrial motion deliberate for subsequent month, however stated it’s vital for issues to alter for the higher.

Requested what her message is to sufferers whose operations or remedies can be cancelled due to the strike, she advised Sky Information: “We’re doing this for you. That is about nurses standing up for themselves but additionally, critically, for sufferers.

“We all know that the general public assist nursing employees normally and we all know they assist us by this motion. So we would like you to return on this journey with us.”

The RCN’s Basic Secretary Pat Cullen stated the listing of well being providers which can be exempt from strike motion can be launched quickly.

Requested if nurses could be on most cancers wards on strike days, she stated: “Companies similar to oncology can be derogated or exempt from any strike motion. Now we have quite a few providers that we’re working by on the minute that can be derogated on the day of strike, and we are going to launch that listing quickly to employers.”

Well being and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay stated: “I’m massively grateful for the arduous work and dedication of nurses and deeply remorse some union members can 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% pay rise, costing £10 billion a yr, are usually not reasonably priced.

“Now we have prioritised the NHS with an additional £6.6 billion, on prime of earlier report funding, and accepted the suggestions of the unbiased NHS Pay Evaluation Physique to present nurses a good pay rise of not less than £1,400 this yr.

“This implies a newly certified nurse will sometimes earn over £31,000 a yr – with extra senior nurses incomes far more than that – they can even obtain a pension contribution value 20% of their wage.

“Our precedence is protecting sufferers protected. The NHS has tried and examined plans in place to minimise disruption and guarantee emergency providers proceed to function.”

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