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Strikes by nurses target a number of prestigious hospitals

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According to the BBC.

A host of leading hospitals will be affected in next month’s nurse strikes, the Royal College of Nursing says.

They include major children’s hospitals such as Great Ormond Street and Alder Hey, as well as cancer treatment centres.

On the 15th and 20th of December, nurses will walk out in over a quarter of hospitals and community services in England, and nearly all in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Emergency care will continue to be provided during the strike action.

In total, 76 NHS organisations will see nurses walk out.

They include leading cancer centres the Royal Marsden and Liverpool’s Clatterbridge centre alongside major hospitals in Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Newcastle and West Yorkshire.

All the health boards in Northern Ireland and all-but-one in Wales, the Aneurin Bevan, will see strike action take place.

But action has been suspended in Scotland after ministers there made a fresh pay offer, which the RCN is consulting on.

Meanwhile, Unison has announced ambulance staff including paramedics and call handlers, have voted to strike in five of England’s 10 ambulance services. A walkout is expected before Christmas.

Turnout was too low in the remainder for the votes to count, as well as in all but two of England’s hospital and community trusts.

No services in Wales voted for strike action, but a walkout will happen across all services in Northern Ireland on 12 December, Unison said.



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