Tens of thousands of nurses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are starting their first ever national strike, as they continue to fight for better wages and working conditions despite government warnings on services being “significantly impacted” during one of the busiest periods of the year.
Up to 100,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are holding a one-day halt from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. after rejecting a government pay offer.
Thousands of National Health Service (NHS) appointments and operations have been canceled due to the strike, with health services following bank holiday formats in many areas.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said it will have staff catering to chemotherapy, emergency cancer services, dialysis, critical care units, neonatal and paediatric intensive care.
Some areas of mental health, learning disability and autism services are also exempt, while trusts have been told they can request staff for specific clinical needs.
When it comes to adult A&E and urgent care, nurses will work on Christmas Day rotas.
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