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.

一些 45 hospital trusts will be hit, 加 20 community, ambulance and admin groups, on December 15 和 20, the Royal College of Nursing has revealed.

取决于 100,000 nurses will strike over pay next month

取决于 100,000 nurses will strike over pay next month信用: 盖蒂

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 一种 19 per cent rise.

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

她说: “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.”

国民保健服务 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.

卫生部长 Steve Barclay 说: “The NHS has tried and tested plans to minimise disruption and ensure emergency ­services continue to operate.”