With overworked and underpaid nurses describing hospital wards that are overcrowded and energy bills that resemble mortgage bills, Britain’s NHS heroes today staged an unprecedented and historic strike.
For the first time in the Royal College of Nursing’s 16-year history, Britain witnessed its hero nurses take action today.
The NHS staff described their coworkers as being in tears, exhausted, and unable to take breaks or eat.
Patients have made nurses eat leftover food, use foodbanks, and take out loans.
RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen warned there was a “very strong possibility” that new strike dates would be announced for January despite the fact that tens of thousands of nurses were absent or on picket lines today.
The NHS Confederation’s chief executive, Matthew Taylor, stated that the strike “went as expected.”
He continued, “Health leaders hope that this cooperation between union representatives, nurses, and local NHS organizations will continue next week.
In the 44 NHS trusts in England where the RCN concentrated its strike action in December, it is disappointing that some routine and non-urgent appointments and services had to be scaled back or delayed. The top priority has had to be patient safety and staffing the most important services.
The strikes could have been avoided if the government had made an effort to reach a more amicable agreement with the RCN regarding pay.
Nurses on picket lines spoke out during the largest NHS strike in history, and we were once heroes.
“At one time, we were heroes.”
During the largest NHS strike in history, nurses on the RCN picket line raise worries about patient safety, staffing capacity, and mental health.
For us, our patients are everything.
Nurses must use foodbanks because they must attend college in order to qualify.
Specialist nurse Melissa Magson, 33, remarked, “It’s a really sad feeling to have to strike.”
However, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our patients and their loved ones.
Compared to eleven years ago, when I first started nursing, staffing levels are significantly worse.
We are losing staff as a result of stagnant wages.
Nurses must use food banks because they must attend college in order to qualify. That’s terrible.
It breaks my heart that, right now, I’d tell them to find another career.