Fears over patient safety as 100,000 nurses prepare to strike over December

UP to 100,000 nurses will strike for two days next month — with more action threatened.

Algum 45 hospital trusts will be hit, mais 20 comunidade, ambulance and admin groups, em dezembro 15 e 20, the Royal College of Nursing has revealed.

Até 100,000 nurses will strike over pay next month

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It is half the number that voted to strike over pay.

Action will ramp up in January if no deal is agreed, said the RCN, which wants uma 19 per cent rise.

General Secretary Pat Cullen said strikes could be averted with talks.

Ela disse: “Nursing is standing up for the profession and their patients. We’ve had enough of being taken for granted and being unable to provide care patients deserve.”

NHS bosses have told hospitals they must keep emergency care running on strike days.

Action will be allowed in maternity wards, intensive care and transplant clinics as long as there is a bank holiday level of service.

NHS England chief Amanda Pritchard admitted some operations will be axed, but patients will be told “sooner rather than later”.

Saffron Cordery, head of NHS Providers, said affected health trusts would do all possible to deliver care, and support staff.

Secretário de saúde Steve Barclay disse: “The NHS has tried and tested plans to minimise disruption and ensure emergency ­services continue to operate.”