Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday (November 25) the pay demands of the nurses' union are unaffordable after it was announced thousands of will go on strike before Christmas.
British nurses will go on strike on Dec. 15 and 20 asking for more pay, their union the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said on Friday, adding to a winter of industrial action and putting further pressure on the state-run health system.
''What the unions are asking for, I think, is a 19 per cent pay rise and I think most people watching will recognise that that's obviously unaffordable,'' Sunak said while visiting a doctor's surgery in Darlington.
The strikes will add to pressure on Sunak as Britain faces a looming economic recession and a cost-of-living crisis with inflation reaching a 41-year-high of 11.1% in October.
The NHS, which has provided healthcare free at the point of use since 1948, is now dealing with a record 7 million patients on waiting lists for hospital treatment. Accident and emergency departments are also under strain.
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