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Nurses set to strike on two days in late December | News

Nurses will stage their first national strikes over two days in the fortnight before Christmas, accusing ministers of “choosing to strike” by refusing to negotiate.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that its members will strike across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on December 15 and 20.

Thousands of patients are likely to have routine appointments and cancel planned surgery. Urgent and emergency care will continue.

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Pat Cullen, general secretary of the RCN, said: “It has been more than two weeks since ministers confirmed that our members felt such an injustice that they would strike for the first time. My offer of formal negotiations was rejected and instead ministers chose to strike. They have the power and means to stop this.”

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