Earlier this month, this blog noted that NHS staffing levels and patient care are being endangered by restrictions on pay for nursing staff in the UK.

Now, over the past couple of weeks, members of the profession’s largest union, The Royal College of Nursing, have voted in favour of protest action this coming summer.

Action may take the form of demonstrations, marches and, ultimately, even the possibility of striking if there is sufficient support.

The Royal College of Nursing undertook a poll of its members and, at its recent annual congress, announced the outcome – that the vast majority of its members favoured taking action against the 1% limit on public sector pay rises, with some prepared to consider going on strike. A formal ballot is likely to take place shortly in order to clarify members’ views.

As quoted in The Times, Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the union, said, “We’re not going to take it any more.”

If nursing pay continues to deteriorate in the face of rising living costs, it seems likely that recruitment to the profession will suffer.

Sadly, the care of patients will inevitably suffer, too.

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