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Health & Fitness: When will nurses strike? Full list of NHS trusts striking and what we know about start date for walkouts

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Nursing staff at a majority of NHS employers throughout the UK have voted to strike for the first time ever, in a dispute over pay.

The walkout will involve Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members in more than half of hospitals and community teams.

Here’s when the strikes will take place, the trusts involved, and why nurses have voted for action.

When will nurses strike?

Industrial action is expected to begin before the end of this year and the RCN’s mandate to organise strikes runs until early May 2023, six months after members finished voting.

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Which trusts will strike?

Nurses in every service in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted for action, and all but one in Wales.

In England, nearly half of trusts missed the legal turnout thresholds to qualify for action.

However, many of the biggest hospitals in England will see strike action.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London, opposite the House of Commons, appears in the list and in other capitals strikes will affect leading hospitals including the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, University Hospital Wales in Cardiff and Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The action is likely to disrupt patient care and increasing operation waiting times, though nurses providing emergency care will be exempt from the strikes.

Here’s which trusts will strike in each region.

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London

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS North Central London ICB
  • NHS South West London ICB
  • NHS Resolution

South East

  • Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Kent and Medway ICB
  • NHS Surrey Heartlands ICB
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

South West

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  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Found Trust
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
  • Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICB (BSW Together)
  • NHS Devon ICB (One Devon)
  • NHS Dorset ICB (Our Dorset)
  • NHS Gloucestershire ICB (One Gloucestershire)

West Midlands

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  • Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust
  • NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB (BSol ICB)
  • NHS Black Country ICB

East Midlands

  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • NHS Derby and Derbyshire ICB (Joined Up Care Derbyshire)
  • NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB
  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Eastern

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB
  • NHS Mid and South Essex ICB
  • NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB
  • NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB

Northern

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  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • North of England CSU (NECS)

North West

  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Found Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Found Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Midlands and Lancashire CSU
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Found Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership
  • St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • Health Education England
  • NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB
  • NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire and the Humber

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  • Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • NHS England
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS West Yorkshire ICB

Scotland

  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Education For Scotland
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS National Services Scotland
  • NHS Shetland
  • NHS Western Isles
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Orkney
  • NHS Golden Jubilee
  • NHS 24
  • The State Hospitals Board for Scotland
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Tayside
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • The Highland Council
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Public Health Scotland
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Forth Valley

Wales

  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Powys Teaching Local Health Board
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Headquarters
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board
  • Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board
  • Velindre NHS Trust
  • Public Health Wales
  • Health Education and Improvement Wales Health Authority
  • NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
  • Digital Health and Care Wales

Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Business Services Organisation
  • Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority
  • Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
  • Public Health Agency
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

Why are nurses striking?

The RCN has said nurses have endured a real-terms pay cut of 20 per cent since 2010.

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There are also record nursing vacancies, with 25,000 nursing staff leaving the register in the past year.

The RCN is campaigning for a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation.

How much do nurses get paid?

NHS pay is operated in a banding system that was introduced in 2004.

A newly qualified nurse starts in Band 5 and will earn £27,055 a year in England, or slightly more in London. Most nurses operate in Bands 5 and 6, while Band 7 and above are management positions.

The RCN has estimated that an average NHS nurse’s pay is around £34,000.

Here is the current banding scale:

  • Band 5 – £27,055 to £32,934
  • Band 6 – £33,706 to £40,588
  • Band 7 – £41,659 to £47,672

RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen said: “Anger has become action – our members are saying enough is enough. The voice of nursing in the UK is strong and I will make sure it is heard. Our members will no longer tolerate a financial knife-edge at home and a raw deal at work.

“Ministers must look in the mirror and ask how long they will put nursing staff through this. While we plan our strike action, next week’s Budget is the UK Government’s opportunity to signal a new direction with serious investment. Across the country, politicians have the power to stop this now and at any point.

“This action will be as much for patients as it is for nurses. Standards are falling too low and we have strong public backing for our campaign to raise them. This winter, we are asking the public to show nursing staff you are with us.”

Health Secretary Steve Barclay described the results of the ballot as “disappointing”.

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden previously said that in the event of industrial action, the NHS would prioritise the most essential services – although he acknowledged that it would have an impact on other activity.

“We have well-oiled contingencies in place and the Department of Health is across how we would deal with a scenario like this should it arise,” he told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

“We will make sure we prioritise the most essential services – emergency services and so on. But of course there would be an impact as a result of a strike like that.

“I would continue to urge nurses and others to resist going out on strike even if they have voted to do so. We have already agreed quite considerable support for nurses.

“Of course, if you are in the situation where you have a large number of nurses going out on strike, of course that is going to have an impact for example on some elective surgery and other activities.”

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This 3-year-old boy insisted on keeping his mum company by sitting outside her room while she recovered from COVID-19 in Suining, Sichuan Province. In the video filmed by Ms Xu herself, she kept asking her child to leave because she was afraid he may get infected. The boy refused and just moved his little chair a bit, asking if he could sit there. According to Xu: "When my baby was playing outside and heard my uncomfortable voice in the room, he insisted on sitting at the door. I was so worried that he might be infected that I asked him to go out and not stay here, but he just wanted to stay with me, and I was moved with tears.” The video was filmed by Xu on December 20 and provided by her with permission.

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