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NHS industrial action ballot: what nurses need to know

With nurses facing the prospect of votes on taking action, read our guide to the rules of the ballot and what it could mean for pay and patients

With nurses facing the prospect of votes on taking action, read our guide to the rules of the ballot and what it could mean for pay and patients

Fury over this year’s ‘pitiful and insulting’ pay offers for NHS staff on Agenda for Change (AfC) contracts is putting nursing staff on a collision course with governments.

With the RCN moving to ballot members on taking industrial action , many nurses will be asking themselves what the implications might be for them and their patients, if they work to rule or go out on strike. Here, we ask an RCN spokesperson to explore some of the issues facing nurses, and NMC executive director of professional practice Geraldine Walters explains the regulator’s position on nurses who take industrial action.

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