2022-11-25 10:00:44

Nurses strike: RCN Wales says pay rise crucial to care

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A nurses' union says increasing pay is crucial for patients in Wales, as it prepares for the biggest strike in the history of the NHS.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will take action on 15 and 20 December.

The UK government said the 19% pay rise demanded was unaffordable, and the Welsh government said it cannot afford it without extra Westminster money.

But RCN Wales' Helen Whyley said she did not believe affordability was an issue when looking at the long term.

Nurses in Wales, England and Northern Ireland will join the strike. Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be hit.

Health is a devolved issue, meaning the Welsh government is responsible for health services in Wales.

Ms Whyley said: We have to use our money wisely, it's public money.

We can afford to do this. When you pay nurses properly, they stay in work.

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