Thousands of Nurses on 48-Hour Strike in Ongoing Dispute Over Pay

Nurses at 55 National Health Service (NHS) trusts across England started two days of strikes on Wednesday, January 18, in an ongoing dispute with the government over pay and patient safety, according to the Royal College of Nursing.

Footage from Michelle Moseley, an RCN member, shows a rally on the first day of strikes outside Brighton General Hospital. “The support from our members is growing,” Moseley tweeted.

The strikes follow a breakdown in talks between the UK government and the RCN. The union has said it is striking “for a pay rise to help tackle chronic staff shortages by enabling the NHS to recruit and retain the nursing staff it desperately needs.”

The union said it would escalate strike action on February 6 and 7 “if progress isn’t made” to “include members at 73 NHS trusts in England and all but one NHS employer in Wales”. Credit: Michelle Moseley via Storyful

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