Nurses pause major NHS strikes as union enters ‘intensive’ talks

Nurses have agreed to pause their historic strike action as “intensive talks” with the government begin.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Government issued a joint statement saying that the talks would focus on “pay, terms and conditions, and productivity enhancing reforms,” after the union began major strikes in a bitter ongoing dispute.

The statement went on to promise that talks would recognise the “vital role that nurses and nursing play in the National Health Service”, as well as “the wider economic pressures facing the United Kingdom and the Prime Minister’s priority to halve inflation.”

The next industrial action pencilled in for nurses was on March 1, when they had planned to strike continuously for 48 hours.

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