Nursing union leader says members feel 'heartbroken' at going on strike

Pat Cullen, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said nurses feel “totally heartbroken” at going on strike, but have no choice. She urged the Government to get back around the table to “resolve this dispute” but said no talks are currently scheduled. She told the PA news agency: “No nurse should be ashamed to say that, actually, they’re really struggling to live on the meagre salaries that this Government’s paying them. “It’s their right to be paid a decent wage.”