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Nurses to strike at almost 80 trusts and care boards

Locations for first strikes on 15 and 20 December revealed by RCN, with warning that more will be added in January unless pay talks are held
Picketing at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary

Locations for first strikes on 15 and 20 December revealed by RCN, with warning that more will be added in January unless pay talks are held

The locations for the first nursing strike in the RCN’s history have been revealed, with some 100,000 nursing staff expected to take to picket lines next month.

Nurses at almost 80 trusts and integrated care boards (ICB) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will take part in strike action on 15 and 20 December, the RCN has confirmed.

Members of the union will take industrial action at half of the locations in England where the legal threshold in the strike ballot was met. Meanwhile, there will be strike action at all but

Locations for first strikes on 15 and 20 December revealed by RCN, with warning that more will be added in January unless pay talks are held

Picketing at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary
Picketing at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary Picture: Jim Varney

The locations for the first nursing strike in the RCN’s history have been revealed, with some 100,000 nursing staff expected to take to picket lines next month.

Nurses at almost 80 trusts and integrated care boards (ICB) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will take part in strike action on 15 and 20 December, the RCN has confirmed.

Members of the union will take industrial action at half of the locations in England where the legal threshold in the strike ballot was met. Meanwhile, there will be strike action at all but one NHS employer in Wales and throughout Northern Ireland.

The RCN, which announced its first strike dates last week, today warned that the number of NHS employers in England hit by strikes will increase in January unless negotiations on pay take place.

‘Ministers still have the power and the means to stop this by opening negotiations that address our dispute’

Pat Cullen, RCN general secretary

It comes after the government declined to come to the table over pay negotiations, with health and social care secretary Steve Barclay instead offering discussions on holidays and pensions, rostering and free hot drinks.

RCN general secretary Pat Cullen accused ministers of ‘choosing’ strike action by declining repeated offers of pay negotiations, adding it has left the union with no choice but to announce where nurses will walk out in December.

She said: ‘Nursing is standing up for the profession and their patients. We’ve had enough of being taken for granted and being unable to provide the care patients deserve.

‘Ministers still have the power and the means to stop this by opening negotiations that address our dispute.’

A protest against pay and conditions at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
A protest against pay and conditions at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Picture: Apex

RCN demands rise of 5% above current inflation rate of 14%

Staff in England and Wales were offered a 4% or £1,400 pay rise earlier this year, but the RCN has been campaigning for an increase of 5% above the retail price index measure of inflation, which is currently running at 14.2%.

The Scottish government has put forward a ‘best and final offer’ of between £2,205 and £2,751 for all NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts, representing an uplift of about 8.7% for nurses.

Mr Barclay has continued to insist the RCN’s pay demands are not affordable and has come under fire for repeatedly claiming that under the new pay award a newly qualified nurse would ‘typically’ get paid £31,000.

Revised NHS Agenda for Change pay bands show that a newly qualified nurse will get paid £27,055 a year following the 2022 pay award, not £31,000 as Mr Barclay suggested.

Full list of employers where nurses will strike

Here is the full list of NHS employers at which nurses will strike on 15 and 20 December:

England

East Midlands

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Eastern

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

London

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

North Central London ICB

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

North West

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Northern

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

South East

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

South West

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bath, North East Somerset

Swindon and Wiltshire ICB (BSW Together)

NHS Devon ICB (One Devon)

NHS Gloucestershire ICB (One Gloucestershire)

North Bristol NHS Trust

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

West Midlands

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB (BSol ICB)

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Yorkshire & Humber

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Yorkshire & Humber NHS England

Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Digital Health and Care Wales

Health Education and Improvement Wales Health Authority

Hywel Dda University Health Board

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Powys Teaching Local Health Board

Public Health Wales

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Velindre NHS Trust

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Headquarters

Northern Ireland

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Business Services Organisation

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service

Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council

Public Health Agency

Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Western Health and Social Care Trust


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