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Where And When NHS Nurse Strikes Will Happen

Up to 10,000 nursing staff will take part in industrial action across the UK in December (Alamy)

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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has confirmed the locations of strikes that will take place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the run-up to Christmas.

Up to 10,000 nursing staff will take part in industrial action across the UK on 15 and 20 December, in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The strikes will last from 8am to 8pm.

Under trade union rules, the RCN will make sure that life-preserving care is provided throughout the strikes. 

RCN General Secretary and Chief Executive Pat Cullen said the union’s members had been left with “no choice” but to strike and that government ministers had declined their offer of formal pay negotiations.

“Nursing is standing up for the profession and their patients,” she said. “We’ve had enough of being taken for granted and being unable to provide the care patients deserve.

“Ministers still have the power and the means to stop this by opening negotiations that address our dispute.”

Strikes will take place in half of England's NHS employers, where the RCN has a legal mandate for industrial action, in all but one employer in Wales, and across Nothern Ireland. According to the RCN, the number of NHS employers affected by action will increase in January unless negotiations are held.

The Scottish government has agreed a separate pay offer with the RCN following negotiations.

The union is calling for a pay rise for nurses of 5 per cent above inflation, arguing that low pay contributes to staff shortages across the UK and adds further pressure on the NHS. 

In the last year, 25,000 nursing staff around the UK left the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and there were 47,000 unfilled registered nurse posts in England’s NHS alone.

Where the nursing strikes will happen:


East Midlands 

  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


  • Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB
  • Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • NHS North Central London ICB
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

North West

  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Health Education England
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

North East

  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South East 

  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

South West

  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICB (BSW Together)
  • NHS Devon ICB (One Devon)
  • NHS Gloucestershire ICB (One Gloucestershire)
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

West Midlands

  • Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
  • NHS Birmingham and Solihull ICB (BSol ICB)
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Yorkshire & Humber 

  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Powys Teaching Local Health Board
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Headquarters
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board
  • Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board
  • Velindre NHS Trust
  • Public Health Wales
  • Health Education and Improvement Wales Health Authority
  • NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
  • Digital Health and Care Wales


  • Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council

  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust

  • Western Health and Social Care Trust

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

  • Business Services Organisation

  • Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority

  • Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service

  • Public Health Agency

  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust

  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

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