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57 per cent of nurses 'prepared to take industrial action'

NHS nurses are prepared to take industrial action, new figures have revealed.

12 May 2011

More than half the respondents to a recent nursing survey have revealed they are prepared to take industrial action.

Union bargaining could be on the cards after a study conducted by Unison polled over 2,000 midwives and nurses and discovered a "bleak" situation in the NHS since the coalition government came to power last year.

Three-quarters of respondents reported treating an increasing number of patients and 60 per cent saw staff numbers drop at their place of work.

Similarly, 65 per cent claimed they had considered leaving the NHS and 57 per cent were prepared to undertake industrial action.

Commenting on the findings, head of nursing for Unison Gail Adams described the results as "both sad and shocking".

"The Health and Social Care Bill is a dangerous experiment and must be dropped. NHS staff have always been prepared to move and modernise, but this is the wrong bill, at the wrong time," she warned.

London mayor Boris Johnson recently branded the coalition government "lily-livered" over its failure to take action over threats of strikes
 

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