Will nurses in Grimsby and Scunthorpe strike?


Will nurses in Grimsby and Scunthorpe strike?

NHS Trusts across the country are preparing for strike action as the Royal College of Nursing has balloted 300,000 of its members to strike for the first time in the unions history.

All health boards in Northern Ireland and Scotland voted for strike action while all but on did in Wales.

In England the staff turnout was too low in nearly half of trusts for action to take place but other unions are still to hold their ballots.

One such trust was Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust who failed to hit the 5o per cent mark.

During the strike action the college stated that emergency care and intensive would not be disrupted and that cancer and urgent testing areas will be partially staffed.

The current dispute has arisen over a pay offer made to nurses as they are asking for 5% per cent above the inflation rate which is currently at 12 per cent.

It is expected that the strikes will take place some time before Christmas but Northern Lincolnshire will not be affected.

However, while the RCN failed to meet their threshold, other unions have yet to hold their ballot meaning the tide could turn at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the trust said: “The RCN have advised us they didn’t meet the threshold for strike action at our Trust, but other unions are yet to hold their ballots.”

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