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Nurses' strike: New dates as union escalates dispute

Two new nurses' strikes will be held on 6 and 7 February in England and Wales - unless there is movement on pay, the Royal College of Nursing says.

The walkouts will be the biggest so far, with more than a third of NHS trusts in England and all but one Welsh health board affected.

It comes as nurses prepare to walk out on Wednesday and Thursday, following the two strike days before Christmas.

As required under trade union laws, emergency care will be covered.

Most of the 73 NHS trusts involved in the new set of strike dates are hospitals.

It means the biggest disruption is likely to be in pre-booked treatment such as hernia repair, hip replacements or outpatient clinics.

Services such as chemotherapy, kidney dialysis and intensive care will be staffed, however, as part of the emergency cover.

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Source: BBC News, 16 January 2023


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