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Ambulance staff and nurses to strike on same day

Ambulance workers are to join nurses in taking strike action on 6 February in England and Wales in what will be the biggest NHS walkout in this dispute.

The GMB announced four new stoppages for ambulance staff - one of which coincides with a nurses' strike date.

It is the first time both ambulance staff and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have acted on the same day.

GMB national secretary Rachel Harrison said: "Ambulance workers are angry. Our message to the government is clear - talk pay now."

The walkouts by staff including paramedics, call handlers and support workers in seven of the 10 English ambulance services along with the national Welsh service will take place on 6 and 20 February, and 6 and 20 March.

Under trade union laws, both unions will have to provide emergency cover.

But it raises the prospect of urgent 999 calls for falls not being responded to, and a huge chunk of pre-planned hospital care such as hernia repair, hip replacements or outpatient clinics not being done.

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Source: BBC News, 18 January 2023


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