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NMC members free to pursue strike action

Nurses and midwives are allowed to take part in lawful industrial action.

11 October 2011

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has confirmed that staff are allowed to strike.

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, chief executive and registrar of the NMC, said that - as members of trade unions - nurses and midwives are perfectly entitled to take part in official industrial action.

His comments come after Unison asked the NMC what its position regarding this matter is and so union bargaining may be used to try and reach an agreement.

Mr Weir-Hughes admitted the organisation - which represents over 660,000 people - has "concerns as to the impact of any industrial action on patients and potential risk to their wellbeing", but the responsibility to provide adequate cover rests with employers.

This means workers from this field are free to join up with other public sector representatives in taking to the picket line on November 30th.

Mr Weir-Hughes stated nurses and midwives will still be bound by the code of professional conduct during any demonstrations.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: NMC press release, October 9th
 

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