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NHS nurses preparing to strike, as more than 15,000 expect to lose their job

Published on 03/10/2011

The Royal College of Nursing is preparing for the possibility of a strike, the first of its kind since the union was founded in 1916.

A ballot on strike action will be held and voted on by 400,000 members if negotiations with the Government over pensions fail.

On 30 November 2011 millions of state workers are already expected to take part in a series of strikes, which will halt the education system, prisons, the fire service and the ambulance service.

The new Government proposal will force these workers to pay more into their pensions, and retire at a later age with less money to support them.

The British Medical Association has also refused to rule out action in the future, meaning doctors could soon abandon their duties in order to join the strike.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said ‘Nurses and Healthcare Assistants are the lifeblood of the NHS, and they are angry.

‘Their pensions have already been reformed, and are far from generous.

‘The average woman with an NHS pension takes home less than £4000 a year – not exactly gold plated.

This comes after news that 15,000 nurses and healthcare assistants are expecting redundancy within the next year as cuts are made to the NHS.

Over half of nurses said they are now too busy to provide the level of care they would like to, after seeing recruitment freezes, ward and bed closures.

Nurses are also working extra hours according to the employment poll for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

With nursing salaries starting at around £21,000, just 5% more people taking out a health insurance policy could pay the wages of over 118,000 NHS nurses.

Compare health insurance quotes online with ActiveQuote now to gain peace of mind about your future health and avoid the NHS cuts.

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