Sheffield Children’s issue update ahead of historic nursing strikes

by | Nov 13, 2022 | Health, News | 0 comments

Sheffield Children’s Hospital have issued an update on their plans for the upcoming Royal College of Nursing strikes.

Last week nurses voted for industrial action at 176 organisations, with every Sheffield hospital set to be affected. 

Craig Radford, Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are working closely with our nursing colleagues and other services to put in place plans, which we will refine when we have a clearer understanding on the dates and specific details. 

“By working together we hope to reduce the impact the action will have on children, young people and their families.

“We will be contacting families directly if we need to alter any scheduled appointments, but otherwise families should attend appointments as usual, and can rest assured we will continue to provide urgent care for any child who needs us.”

The strike will be the first time UK-wide action is taken by RCN members in its 106-year history.

It comes after the government in England and Wales gave NHS staff an average of 4.75% rise this year – with the lowest paid getting more.

RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen described it as ‘a defining moment in our history.’

She said: “I want to thank every member who took part in, or supported, this ballot. You can be very proud. The results are strong and clear. 

“Anger has become action – our members are saying enough is enough.”

Pat Cullen delivered a message thanking RCN members who took part or supported the historic ballot

The vote in favour of industrial action does not mean every nurse is obligated to strike, although they will have the choice to do so.

The government said it has contingency plans for dealing with any action taken by nurses.

Health workers in other unions, including ambulance staff, hospital porters and cleaners, are also voting on industrial action over pay.