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NHS Nurses Line up Ballot to Push for Future Strikes

NHS Nurses Line up Ballot to Push for Future Strikes

The motion was approved at the union's annual congress in Liverpool and binds the RCN to develop strategies in order to allow those with dementia to continue nursing.

According to the RCN, they suggest care providers have increasingly hired fewer registered nursing staff, with the number of vacant nursing posts having doubled since 2013.

The Government is facing the threat of strikes by nurses in protest at years of below inflation pay rises.

The RCN's members were asked to vote to express their "appetite for industrial action", with 91 per cent of those who voted saying they'd take action that stopped short of striking, and 78 per cent of the 52,000 voters saying they'd definitely be up for a full future strike.

Another ballot would have to be held before any action takes place.

Mr Farron said the Lib Dems would scrap the existing public sector pay cap, which limits pay rises for workers to 1% per year until 2020.

Nurses working in the NHS could strike for the first time in 100 years in a row over pay. The party's leader also said that the controversial pay cap, branded by many unions as a "cruel" policy, would leave the average civil servant £800 worse off by 2021.

Janet Davies, general secretary of the RCN, said: "What's happened today is unprecedented for the RCN and is a reflection of the deep anger members feel".

A formal public sector pay cap of 1% was introduced in 2015.

Ahead of the event, Davies challenged all political parties to "put patients before politics" by supporting a nursing manifesto that calls for new legislation on safe staffing, investment in the NHS and social care, and for staff pay to keep up with inflation.

"Our argument is not with patients - this is about ensuring that they get the safe and effective care they need".

"Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need".

Jon Skewes, director of policy at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Continuing pay restraint is a disastrous policy for maternity services and the NHS".

Dr Mark Porter, British Medical Association council chair, said: "Year after year of real-terms pay cuts have had a damaging impact on the morale of frontline NHS staff".

A spokesman for the Welsh Government said: "We are proud of our nurses and we work to support them in Wales".

He said that the Tory attitude to the NHS "feeds into a narrative of this Conservative Government treating nurses like dirt and I will not have it".

"We've had to take hard decisions on pay across the public sector given the deficit we inherited - while continuing to boost the NHS budget so patients get high-quality care".


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