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Nurses considering strike action

A nursing union is considering strike action in protest at NHS budget cuts.

12 April 2011

A nursing union is preparing to start strike negotiations amid growing concerns over cuts to the NHS budget.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is considering staging industrial action as it believes the planned spending reductions will lead to a drop in the quality of healthcare.

Although the RCN has insisted any strike would not be a full-scale walk-out that may put patients at risk, such a move could put pressure on the government to scrap its controversial health bill.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the union, said the notion that healthcare funding has been protected is a myth, as both frontline staff and services are being compromised.

This, he stated, could potentially have a "catastrophic" impact on patient safety and care.

"Many trusts are not being transparent by admitting to the proportion of clinical jobs being lost," Dr Carter added.

This comes after the government announced it would be "taking time to pause and reflect" on the opinions that have been expressed on its proposed NHS reforms so far.

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