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Full scale NHS strike may increase purchase of health insurance

Published on 25/08/2011

Plans for the first full-scale NHS wide strike will be made in London tomorrow, a move which may see an increase in the purchase of private health insurance.

Unions representing 460,000 NHS staff, including doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital administrators and cleaners will discuss plans to shut down parts of the NHS by Christmas.

Unison, a group with 1.4 million members, will be hosting the meeting, which will be attended by the British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing and British Dental Association.

The groups are anticipating that current negotiations with the government over public sector pensions will fail by the autumn. One official representative said the prospect of failure was almost inevitable.

The written agenda for the meeting includes discussion of the nature of potential strikes, legal issues and the provision of emergency cover. Union leaders also want to start early contingency planning to protect patient safety.

Christina McAnea, the union's national secretary for health said: "There has never been full-scale industrial action in the health service. This is the first time all the groups have come together to talk about it. Industrial action in the NHS could be massive.

"We want to have things in place early, to make sure we can cover everything and ensure we minimise problems for patients. But it almost feels this is inevitable."

Patients with private health insurance will bypass length NHS queues which may result from the strike, so 
compare health insurance policies online with ActiveQuote now to make sure you are covered for all eventualities.
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