The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that strike action will be taking place on Thursday, 15 December and Tuesday, 20 December.
This action will be taking place only at employers where the threshold was met as part of the RCN ballot. The RCN has notified employers where this threshold was met, which includes Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
The RCN’s mandate to organise strikes runs until early May 2023, six months after members finished voting, so further dates of action may be announced in the future.
Appointments and operations should continue as normal unless there is a clear patient safety reason to reschedule. Providers should contact patients directly in the event that their appointments will need to be rescheduled.
We want to see a resolution as soon as possible to the strikes, but ultimately pay is a matter for the Government and the trade unions.
The NHS has tried and tested plans in place to mitigate risks to patient safety and manage any disruption, including industrial action.
NHS England are working with the Government and trade unions to ensure the delivery of safe care for patients continues to be available during any industrial action. Hospitals will do everything they can to go ahead with planned procedures during industrial action, especially for patients in greatest clinical need.