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Nurses will hold two days of strike next month in bid for better pay as strike chaos rumbles on

NURSES will hold two days of strikes next month as they step up their campaign for better pay.

Union members from the Royal College of Nursing will hold their first ever walk out on December 15 and another five days later.

Nurses will hold their first ever walk out on December 15 and another five days later
It comes as one in three patients waited longer than 30 ­minutes for paramedics to get them into A&E last week

Industrial action is being taken after ministers turned down the RCN’s offer of formal negotiations.

The move marks a winter of discontent as rail workers, posties and civil servants cause huge disruption to the public.

NHS chiefs are drawing up contingency plans as operations face being delayed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

RCN chief Pat Cullen said: “My offer of formal negotiations was declined and, instead, ministers have chosen strike action.

“They have the power to stop this by opening serious talks that address our dispute.

“Nursing staff have had enough of being taken for granted, enough of low pay and unsafe staffing levels, enough of not being able to give our patients the care they deserve.”

Other health unions are also holding strike votes. A ballot among hundreds of thousands of Unison members closes today, and midwives and physiotherapists are voting on potential walk-outs too.

Junior doctors will vote in January.



Health Secretary Steve Barclay said: “These are challenging times for everyone and the economic circumstances mean the RCN’s demands, which on current figures are a 19.2 per cent pay rise, costing £10billion a year, are not affordable.”

He added: “Our priority is keeping patients safe. The NHS has tried and tested plans in place to minimise disruption and ensure emergency services continue to operate.”

But Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: “Why on Earth is the Health Secretary refusing to negotiate with nurses?

“Patients already can’t get treated on time, strike action is the last thing they need, yet the Government is letting this happen.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay said ‘The NHS has tried and tested plans in place to minimise disruption and ensure emergency services continue to operate’

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