Nursing union announces TWO more NHS strike dates

NHS nurses will strike again in the New Year.

The Royal College of Nursing will stage more walk-outs on January 18 and 19.

It warned further dates will be confirmed next month.  

Almost 30,000 operations and appointments were cancelled because of its strikes on December 15 and 20, which were the biggest in NHS history.

Striking nurses at Leeds General Hospital mocked Health Secretary Steve Barclay with a jokey rendition of Santa Clause Is Coming To Town while on the picket line on December 20

Striking nurses at Leeds General Hospital mocked Health Secretary Steve Barclay with a jokey rendition of Santa Clause Is Coming To Town while on the picket line on December 20

Striking nurses at Leeds General Hospital mocked Health Secretary Steve Barclay with a jokey rendition of Santa Clause Is Coming To Town while on the picket line on December 20

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) General Secretary Pat Cullen, centre, joined members of the RCN on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on December 20

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) General Secretary Pat Cullen, centre, joined members of the RCN on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on December 20

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) General Secretary Pat Cullen, centre, joined members of the RCN on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on December 20

Meanwhile, ambulance workers have also confirmed plans to stage bigger walk-outs in January.

Unions plotting walk-outs want inflation-busting pay rises, with the RCN demanding 19 per cent. Its boss has, however, hinted that it could compromise if ministers were willing to negotiate.

But the Government has refused to stump up any extra cash, sticking to its original offer of around 4 per cent.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay is considering fast-tracking next year’s NHS pay rise in a bid to resolve the dispute. He has already hinted that staff can ‘look forward’ to next year’s review.

RCN chief executive Pat Cullen said: ‘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.’

Ms Cullen, who joined picket lines last week, added: ‘The public support has been heart-warming.

‘And I am more convinced than ever that this is the right thing to do for patients and the future of the NHS.

‘The voice of nursing will not be ignored. Staff shortages and low pay make patient care unsafe – the sooner ministers come to the negotiating table, the sooner this can be resolved. I will not dig in, if they don’t dig in.’

Members of the RCN on the picket line outside St Thomas' Hospital on December 20

Members of the RCN on the picket line outside St Thomas' Hospital on December 20

Members of the RCN on the picket line outside St Thomas’ Hospital on December 20

Some 4,560 inpatient procedures were rescheduled because of the RCN action over the two days. This includes routine procedures like hip and knee replacements, which require an overnight stay in hospital. Another 25,000 outpatient appointments were postponed across England because of the walk-outs last Thursday and yesterday. This usually includes appointments, X-rays and minor procedures. Most of the chaos was caused at Nottingham University Hospitals (2,413), followed by Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals (2,313). Map shows total for both inpatient and outpatient appointments cancelled

Some 4,560 inpatient procedures were rescheduled because of the RCN action over the two days. This includes routine procedures like hip and knee replacements, which require an overnight stay in hospital. Another 25,000 outpatient appointments were postponed across England because of the walk-outs last Thursday and yesterday. This usually includes appointments, X-rays and minor procedures. Most of the chaos was caused at Nottingham University Hospitals (2,413), followed by Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals (2,313). Map shows total for both inpatient and outpatient appointments cancelled

Some 4,560 inpatient procedures were rescheduled because of the RCN action over the two days. This includes routine procedures like hip and knee replacements, which require an overnight stay in hospital. Another 25,000 outpatient appointments were postponed across England because of the walk-outs last Thursday and yesterday. This usually includes appointments, X-rays and minor procedures. Most of the chaos was caused at Nottingham University Hospitals (2,413), followed by Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals (2,313). Map shows total for both inpatient and outpatient appointments cancelled

Some 9,999 staff were absent from work due to the walk-outs on December 15. Another 11,509 were recorded for December 20. Most disruption was logged in the South West, with 4,748 staff taking part over the two days

Some 9,999 staff were absent from work due to the walk-outs on December 15. Another 11,509 were recorded for December 20. Most disruption was logged in the South West, with 4,748 staff taking part over the two days

Some 9,999 staff were absent from work due to the walk-outs on December 15. Another 11,509 were recorded for December 20. Most disruption was logged in the South West, with 4,748 staff taking part over the two days

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HOW MUCH CHAOS WAS CAUSED AT YOUR HOSPITAL DURING THE TWO DAYS OF NHS NURSING STRIKES?
NHS TRUST INPATIENT (DEC 20) OUTPATIENT (DEC 20) INPATIENT (DEC 15) OUTPATIENT (DEC 15) TOTAL
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 121 1038 134 1116 2409
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6 68 0 0 74
Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust 29 307 41 243 620
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 140 860 136 812 1948
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 91 1100 0 0 1191
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 11 159 12 160 342
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 28 110 36 450 624
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 47 960 62 957 2026
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 149 1115 201 1298 2763
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 0 0 0 0 0
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 195 670 250 534 1649
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 178 845 147 966 2136
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 36 308 33 389 766
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust 0 125 18 135 278
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 70 445 120 710 1345
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 61 78 88 84 311
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 179 987 178 1326 2670
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 0 0 34 377 411
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 16 70 33 33 152
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 74 496 162 1205 1937
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust 3 65 11 69 148
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust 0 70 0 64 134
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust 14 146 19 172 351
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 137 354 93 677 1261
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust 87 82 51 106 326
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 73 20 83 50 226
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 20 1 24 29 74
North Bristol NHS Trust 35 121 63 67 286
Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 186 727 271 845 2029
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 34 95 34 110 273
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 20 50 23 87 180
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust 37 101 52 102 292
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust 38 109 43 154 344
HOW MANY STAFF WALKED OUT AT YOUR HOSPITAL?
NHS ORGANISATION Dec-20 Dec-15
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 440 432
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 112 132
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust 91 127
Hertfordshire And West Essex ICB 8 9
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust 91 100
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 60 No data submitted
Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust 281 249
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 749 No data submitted
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 407 425
NHS North Central London ICB 14 14
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 168 203
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 122 107
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust 133 157
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 121 116
NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB (BSol ICB) No data submitted No data submitted
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 171 160
Nottingham And Nottinghamshire ICB 3 8
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 558 530
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 346 401
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 53 No data submitted
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 545 544
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 250 No data submitted
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 168 224
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust 117 99
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust 128 142
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 350 329
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 389 331
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 702 589
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 138 111
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 119 89
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 575 403
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust 45 37
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust 675 644
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust 136 No data submitted
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust 109 93
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust 212 228
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 375 419
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust 172 175
Bath And North East Somerset, Swindon And Wiltshire ICB 7 9
Devon Partnership NHS Trust 90 93
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust 133 151
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 271 256
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 125 129
NHS Devon ICB (One Devon) No data submitted No data submitted
NHS Gloucestershire ICB (One Gloucestershire) No data submitted No data submitted
North Bristol NHS Trust 254 261
Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 465 479
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 143 103
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 85 68
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust 563 587
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust 240 236

What is the truth about the nursing crisis? 

NHS nurses: A workforce where women outnumber men by a significant margin and a significant number are approaching retirement or seeking a better work-life balance. Pay is the central issue at the heart of the strikes, with the average nurse earing £37,000. This estimate includes both new graduates, who start on £27,055, and very senior nurses who earn more

NHS nurses: A workforce where women outnumber men by a significant margin and a significant number are approaching retirement or seeking a better work-life balance. Pay is the central issue at the heart of the strikes, with the average nurse earing £37,000. This estimate includes both new graduates, who start on £27,055, and very senior nurses who earn more

NHS nurses: A workforce where women outnumber men by a significant margin and a significant number are approaching retirement or seeking a better work-life balance. Pay is the central issue at the heart of the strikes, with the average nurse earing £37,000. This estimate includes both new graduates, who start on £27,055, and very senior nurses who earn more

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