Speaking ahead of fresh strike action commencing at 8pm on Sunday, RCN General Secretary and Chief Executive, Pat Cullen, said:
“After a three-month pause, strike action by nursing staff regrettably recommences tonight.
“The government wants to bring NHS strike action to a close this coming week but with several big unions - and nursing as the largest part of the NHS workforce - still in dispute, it has to do better.
“Only negotiations can resolve this and I urge ministers to reopen formal discussions with the College over pay specifically. Nursing staff are looking for a fair settlement that shows the government values and understands their profession. We appear a long way from that currently but I remind ministers it is entirely in their gift.”