I doubt that anyone would disagree that The National Health Service is suffering greatly under the financial pressures that are being placed on organisations. It seems to be in the news every day, hospitals declaring huge deficits and difficulty in meeting the financial requirments being asked of them. Pensions of all public service workers are being targeted which affects the vast majority of workers in healthcare.
Some of the headlines
GP practices offering private treatment options for patients who can no longer get minor surgery on the NHS
NI Nurses have agreed to strike- unheard of previously in the UK !!!!!!
The Royal College of Nursing have said if pension talks fail they will be seeking members opinions about industrial action
The NMC have issued their position on industrial action, reminding us of our professional accountability for patient safety
This has been heavily critisised by Unison, who have said it's a heavy handed message without consultation with the Unions , they issued a press release stating
"We believe the NMC's impartiality has been seriously compromised. Neither their predecessor organisations, nor other regulators, have ever felt the need to issue such a stark and intimidatory warning when any previous industrial action has been taken.
There are some very difficult times ahead