OPINION - The Leader podcast: Nurses vote for historic nationwide strike

Nurses vote for historic nationwide strike (PA Archive)
Nurses vote for historic nationwide strike (PA Archive)

Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to go on strike, in the biggest action of the union’s 106-year history.

The union has demanded a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation, which is currently at 10.1 percent, and claimed that the Government’s offer - a £1,400 pay rise - is insufficient.

Recent analysis by London Economic, conducted for the union, showed that an experienced nurse’s salary has fallen by 20 percent in real-terms since 2010.

Ahead of the ballot, the RCN’s General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen said “There has never been a more crucial time to fight for safe staffing and fair pay” - adding that their profession is “being pushed to the edge, with patient safety paying the price.”

A&E nurse Lucy Shapcott explains why some nurses have left the profession altogether, and what has led NHS staff vote for strike action.

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