Thousands of nurses in Britain will go on strike again next month.
The Royal College of Nurses has announced that its members will strike again on Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January – for fair pay and patient safety.
Further dates will be confirmed in the new year, the RCN adds.
The decision follows last week’s strike, involving nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The RCN says ministers have the power to stop strikes but have failed to open negotiations on NHS pay.
RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen explains:
“The Government had the opportunity to end this dispute before Christmas but instead they have chosen to push nursing staff out into the cold again in January.
“I do not wish to prolong this dispute, but the Prime Minister has left us with no choice.”