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NHS Strikes: Picket line at QMC on biggest health workers strike day in history

Monday 6 February is the first time ambulance crews and nurses will take strike action on the same day after NHS industrial action started in December.

The NHS Providers – the membership body representing every NHS hospital and ambulance service – wants government ministers to resume talks with unions over pay.

Under trade union laws, the emergency cover will be provided. This means services such as intensive care, kidney dialysis and urgent cancer care will be given.

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Picket line starts early at QMC 6 February
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Around a third of nurses are not members of the RCN and two-thirds of services in England will not see any strike action take place.

The majority of services taking part in the two days of RCN action this week are hospitals.

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It means the biggest impact will be seen in pre-booked treatment such as hernia repairs, hip replacements and outpatient clinics.

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General Secretary and Chief Executive Pat Cullen appealed to the Prime Minister directly.

In a letter to Rishi Sunak, she wrote: “Please address this current impasse. I have made clear that opening negotiations and making meaningful offers can avert strike action.”

On Friday (3 February), the Welsh government made an offer to NHS staff of an additional 3% pay rise for the current financial year (2022-23). We consequently cancelled our planned strike action in Wales for this week. In Scotland, negotiations continue over additional funding for the current year and there are no planned strikes.

@westbridgfordwirenews Monday 6 February is the first time ambulance crews and nurses will take strike action on the same day after NHS industrial action started in December. The NHS Providers – the membership body representing every NHS hospital and ambulance service – wants government ministers to resume talks with unions over pay. Under trade union laws, the emergency cover will be provided. This means services such as intensive care, kidney dialysis and urgent cancer care will be given. . Around a third of nurses are not members of the RCN and two-thirds of services in England will not see any strike action take place. The majority of services taking part in the two days of RCN action this week are hospitals. It means the biggest impact will be seen in pre-booked treatment such as hernia repairs, hip replacements and outpatient clinics. General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen appealed to the Prime Minister directly.  In a letter to Rishi Sunak, she wrote: “Please address this current impasse. I have made clear that opening negotiations and making meaningful offers can avert strike action.” #nottingham #foryoupage #fyp #nursesoftiktok #nursesstrike2023 #nursestrike #nhs #nhsnurse #nhsstrike #notts #nottinghamshire #westbridgford ♬ original sound – West Bridgford Wire News

Pat continued: “Your government looks increasingly isolated in refusing to reopen discussions about the 2022-23 NHS pay award. As a result, the strike action for England remains – with tens of thousands of nurses losing wages to ensure you hear their voice. It must not be in vain.

“It will be the biggest day of industrial action in the 75-year history of the NHS. Nursing staff find a sobering realisation of how far they have been pushed to protect patient care and secure some respect for the nursing profession.

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“I’m urging you to reset your government in the eyes of the public and demonstrate it is on the side of the hardworking, decent taxpayer. There could be no simpler way to demonstrate this commitment than bringing the nurse strike to a swift close.”

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