It is the first time that the profession is mobilizing on a national level. Inflation has reached 10% and is exacerbating the cost of living crisis, unheard of in 40 years. The strikes in the public sector are connected.
With our correspondent in London, Marie Boeda
A salary increase taking into account inflation is the main demand of the white coats.
They have been the heroes during the pandemic, applauded all over the world, and the profession has seen its income increase by 3% in the country, in recognition of the work done. But it is far from enough, hammer the trade unions.
Allowing for the increase in the cost of living, the salary of a nurse has fallen by 20% in the twelve years since the Conservatives have been in power.
A date has not yet been set, but the strike should be held before Christmas, warns the head nurses’ union. Life-sustaining emergency services will be maintained. On the other hand, new delays will be regrettable in connection with agreements and certain operations.
The public hospital is in crisis. Seven million people were waiting for treatment in England two months ago.
The profession is no longer attractive, there is not enough manpower, and those who are in the post are resigning. A study reveals that more than 40,000 nurses left the public service between 2021 and 2022.
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