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What nurses had to say about industrial action

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Comments from Nursing Times’ survey

  • ‘I have ripped my tripe out for the NHS for over 25 years. I am well worth what I am paid and work over and above my contracted hours and duty. How much more should I be expected to give?’
  • ‘We would not just be striking for ourselves, we would be striking for better patient services and care, which in the long run would justify industrial action and would give us public support if we did strike’
  • ‘I am sure there is a way to take industrial action without compromising patient care/safety. Pull out a few key people to ensure targets cannot be met’
  • ‘Being held to ransom because of our commitment to care does not mean we have to accept poor decision making from Conservative governments’
  • ‘I would not consider action as I don’t see nursing as being the only section of workers affected. If all public sector workers took industrial action we would have a national strike and I don’t think anyone wants that’
  • ‘My work is in the acute area thus cannot be the focus of action. But it is unfair of me to expect those in non-acute areas to take action alone. We should ask the general public to help’
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