Nurses’ strike risks stranding older people in hospital for Christmas as union targets key dates

Nurses’ strike risks stranding older people in hospital for Christmas as union targets key dates

Other health unions are also voting for industrial action. On Thursday evening, GMB Scotland announced the suspension of strikes due to start next week as it consults its members on a new pay offer from the Scottish Government.

Midwives and physiotherapists also vote on strikes, while a junior doctors’ ballot opens in the new year.

Steve Barclay, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “I am hugely grateful for the hard work and dedication of nurses and deeply regret that some union members are taking industrial action.

“These are difficult times for everyone and economic circumstances mean that the demands of the RCN, which according to current figures are a 19.2% pay rise, costing £10billion a year, will not are not affordable.

“We have prioritized the NHS with an additional £6.6billion, on top of previous record funding, and accepted the recommendations of the independent NHS pay review body to give nurses a pay rise fair trade of at least £1,400 this year. This means a newly qualified nurse will typically earn over £31,000 a year – with more experienced nurses earning significantly more than this – they will also receive a pension contribution of 20% of their salary.

“Our priority is to ensure patient safety. The NHS has proven plans in place to minimize disruption and ensure emergency services continue to operate.

NHS Confederation pledges to put patient safety first

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Health officials understand that this may be an uncertain time for many people, including those who rely on the NHS on a regular basis, and that these strikes come before what is trending. to be the busiest time. of the year for the service.

“At a minimum, urgent, emergency and critical care services are expected to continue on strike days and in the event of temporary changes to non-emergency aspects of care, such as health checks and planned procedures, the NHS will ensure this is communicated to patients in advance, prioritizing their safety at all times.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: ‘Why the hell is the Health Secretary refusing to negotiate with nurses? Patients already can’t be treated in time, the strike is the last thing they need, but the government is letting that happen. Patients will never forgive conservatives for this negligence.

Meanwhile, senior GPs from the British Medical Association on Thursday urged their colleagues to become ‘activists’ to build support for GP advocacy. Dr Kieran Shannon made the call at a conference of local medical committees, which voted on Thursday to reduce the main opening hours of GPs to 9am-5pm.

GPs said expecting their surgeries to be open from 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. discriminated against those who wanted to have a family, which, due to a ‘still patriarchal’ society, mainly affected women.

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