NHS nurses will take part in their biggest yet strike before Christmas, in pursuit of better pay.
The nurses’ union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), balloted its 300,000 members between 6 October and 2 November on industrial action, the first time in its 106-year history that it had done so for its members across all four UK nations.
In response to the planned industrial action Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation Trust CE0 Qadar Zada said: “In response to the planned industrial action announced by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), we are making plans to minimise disruption as much as possible and to preserve patient care.
“Patients who have a planned operation, outpatient clinic or procedure on either Thursday 15 or Tuesday 20 December 2022 should attend as usual unless they hear from us directly to advise otherwise.
“Patients with life-threatening or serious conditions will continue to be seen at our Emergency Departments. Patients with minor injuries or less serious conditions should access alternative health services where they will often receive care in a more effective and timely manner. Visit www.asapglos.nhs.uk or download the ASAP app for more information.“There will be no disruption to patient visiting arrangements on either of these days.”