Nurses 'driven towards' strike
Nurses in the South West say they are being “driven” towards a “devastating and divisive” strike under NHS plans for regional wage deals by a so-called pay cartel.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have told shadow health secretary Andy Burnham that they feel threatened and are fearful of speaking out against it.
After hearing from a gathering of the RCN in Exeter, Mr Burnham said he was “concerned”, adding that Parliament had now “woken up to the issue” and pledged that he and senior figures would lead the fight against the plans.
He said if the proposals to slash pay went ahead, they would spread to other areas.
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A total of 20 NHS organisations joined the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium but the first cracks appeared this week when Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust withdrew.