Just under two thirds of public support strike by nurses over pay

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The trusts said most of the long delays were caused by a lack of domiciliary care (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)
The trusts said most of the long delays were caused by a lack of domiciliary care (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)

Almost two-thirds of the public support nurses taking strike action ahead of a ballot, a poll has revealed.

The YouGov survey found that 64 per cent back industrial action.

It also found a sharp fall in public confidence in the safety of NHS care amid concerns over a shortage of nurses.

The number of respondents who said they were confident they or a loved one would receive good care in the NHS has fallen to 56 per cent compared with 68 per cent in June.

Just less than two-thirds (62 per cent) said this was due to there not being enough nurses to provide safe care while 55 per cent said waiting times contributed to concerns.

The findings of the poll of 1,752 adults in the UK between August 26 and 28 came as the Royal College of Nursing prepared to ballot 300,000 members across the nation from September 15 in the dispute over pay.

The union said it was the first time members have voted on strike action in its 100-year history.

It comes amid a summer of discontent over the cost-of-living crisis, with postal staff, rail workers and barristers among the professions taking industrial action.

The RMT rail union yesterday announced a fresh set of strikes set to “shut down” the transport network.

More than 40,000 union members from Network Rail and 14 train operators will walk out on September 15 and 17 in the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Members of the Aslef union, which represents 96 per cent of train drivers, are also set to strike on September 15 over pay.

Meanwhile rail union TSSA has announced staff at nine train companies will hold a countrywide 24-hour walkout, which will coincide with the Labour Party’s annual conference in Liverpool on September 26 and 27.