Responding to the news that RCN members have agreed to strike in all Health Boards in Wales apart from Aneurin Bevan Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats support the RCN in their actions announced today. Our nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system. It is not acceptable they have been offered a below-inflation pay rise.
“This is the first statutory ballot in the RCN’s history, no one wants to see strikes in healthcare take place, but the economic situation, largely caused by the incompetence of the UK Conservative Government, has left our hardworking staff with little option.
“We rightly clapped for our nurses during COVID, but clapping isn’t enough. When we have nurses using food banks the system clearly isn’t working and we must do better.
“Both Labour in Cardiff Bay and the Conservatives in Westminster need to get their heads together and ensure healthcare staff can be paid at a fair rate. I will continue to call on Labour to negotiate with the RCN.”