Nurses back plan to ballot for strikes over pay

Nurses back plan to ballot for strikes 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.

About 52,000 of the 270,000 RCN members eligible to vote took part.

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

Commenting on NHS nurses pay last month, a Conservative party spokesman said: "Investment in our NHS, in additional staff and indeed in their overall pay is founded on the strong economy only Theresa May and the Conservatives can provide".

'The RCN has never gone on strike before, so balloting our members would be a very significant step'. We're demanding answers on behalf of our patients as well as nursing staff.

'If we don't stand up now, how can we guarantee their future safety and wellbeing? We've heard from members that they want to send a much tougher message to government which is why we will be leading them in a summer of protest activity.

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"It would be the first time RCN members came out and took industrial action in our 100 year history".

"Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that STP, or any new models of care, will be successful given the substantial workforce shortages and major funding constraints that the NHS is now experiencing".

RCN general secretary Janet Davies has warned that years of pay cuts have left nurses struggling to make ends meet.

As a registered charity the RCN Foundation helps individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients.

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Meanwhile, a separate report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warned that cuts to services in England are putting children's health at risk.

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"People with dementia are the ones that should be receiving care, not giving it. Nurses need a clear head and a good understanding of what they are doing".

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".

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse and quality officer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: "I will have been a nurse for 28 years in June and having worked in both hospitals and in community settings before I started working in commissioning I always think about how it comes back to getting the quality of nursing right".

"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".

"The NHS is reliant on midwives', maternity support workers' and all other NHS staffs' goodwill and we want the Government to recognise that".

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