The Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN) poll has failed to satisfy the authorized threshold so the specter of extra strikes in the intervening time has now come to an finish.
Solely 43% of RCN members took half within the poll subsequently it failed to satisfy the authorized threshold of fifty% which is required beneath the Commerce Union Act 2016.
RCN normal secretary Pat Cullen stated in an electronic mail to members: “To each one in all you who took half, whether or not by voting or encouraging others to, thanks. Now we have a lot to be happy with.
“Whereas the overwhelming majority of members who returned their poll papers voted in favour of strike motion, we didn’t meet the 50% turnout threshold vital for us to have the ability to take additional strike motion.
“Whereas this will probably be disappointing for a lot of of you, the battle for the truthful pay and secure staffing that our occupation, our sufferers, and our NHS deserves, is way from over.
“This week, the Authorities will say it has a plan for the NHS workforce. I’m seeing the Prime Minister this afternoon to listen to him out and to ask him the questions you needed answering on his dedication to nurses and help staff.
“I do know employees morale is low and the staffing disaster is ready to worsen with out rapid motion. I will probably be telling him this at present.
“Now we have began one thing particular – the voice of nursing has by no means been stronger and we’re going to maintain utilizing it.”
Matthew Taylor, chief government of the NHS Confederation, stated: “Leaders will be pleased about the understanding that the results of the RCN poll brings and will probably be happy to have a full cohort of nursing employees out there as we head into winter.
“Nonetheless, whereas the vote has resulted in no extra strikes, we should not overlook the considerations and situations nurses are working in.
“With 112,000 vacancies within the NHS and huge numbers of nurses persevering with to depart the service, the Authorities should do all it in can to handle workforce shortages by implementing a totally funded and lengthy overdue workforce plan, so nurses and different well being employees can really feel supported in delivering important care to their sufferers.”
Division of Well being and Social Care spokesperson stated: “We vastly worth the work of nurses and welcome the top to vastly disruptive industrial motion so employees can proceed caring for sufferers and chopping ready lists.
“Multiple million eligible NHS employees are receiving their pay rise and one-off funds this month, with an skilled nurse receiving over £5,100 in additional pay throughout final 12 months and this 12 months.
“We’re dedicated to supporting nurses to proceed to progress and develop, together with as a part of the upcoming NHS Lengthy Time period Workforce Plan.
“We hope different unions who stay in dispute with the Authorities recognise it’s time to cease industrial motion and transfer ahead collectively.”