Northern Ireland: Nurses on Strike. More pay, more staff needed
About 9,000 nurses across Northern Ireland have begun a 12-hour strike. The action began at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday in a second wave of protests over pay and staffing levels. Another day of action was Friday January 10
More than 2,000 appointments and procedures have been cancelled, including a number of elective caesarean operations.
The Health and Social Care Board said it expects “significant disruption”. Information from health trusts on affected services can be found here.
Some schools for children with special needs will be closed as they cannot provide medical cover.
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) director Pat Cullen told BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster programme that nurses felt “bullied” by health officials.
Her comments followed a warning by the heads of Northern Ireland’s health trusts on Tuesday that this week’s strikes could push the system “beyond tipping point”. She said there was a feeling among nurses that they were an “easy target” for budgetary cuts.
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