Biggest NHS strike sees 40k nurses and 999 staff walk out – full list revealed

BRITAIN is facing the biggest strike in history by healthcare workers as nurses and ambulances go out today

People will face a care “zip code lottery” across the country, with tens of thousands of workers from the two unions returning to picket lines after a dispute over pay.

Nurses protest outside St Thomas' Hospital in London


Nurses protest outside St Thomas’ Hospital in LondonPhoto credit: Reuters
Nurses picket outside the Walton Center in Liverpool, UK


Nurses picket outside the Walton Center in Liverpool, UKCredit: EPA
Nurses protest outside St Thomas' Hospital in London during a strike by NHS medical workers


Nurses protest outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London during a strike by NHS medical workersPhoto credit: Reuters

Brits have also been warned to only call 999 in “life-threatening” circumstances.

It comes five days after the country was brought to a standstill by industrial action that disrupted trains, schools and public services.

The RCN is demanding a 19 per cent pay rise despite hinting it could meet the government “halfway”.

Unions representing rescue workers also want wage increases above inflation, but have not given a figure.

The government insists the demands are unpayable and that wage increases will be decided by independent wage review bodies.

This next wave of strikes will cause “enormous disruption” to the health service, NHS leaders have warned.

Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, told Sky News: “I think it’s going to be a day of huge disruption across the NHS, it’s going to be incredibly challenging.”

Up to 600 members of the armed forces stood ready to step in last night to ease the chaos as talks over pay and conditions stalled.

More NHS strikes will take place over the next few days, with nurses set to return to the picket fence tomorrow (February 7), along with midwives on Wednesday (February 9) and 999 workers on Friday (February 10).

“We are planning an incredibly disruptive week,” Saffron said.

“For example, what we used to have with industrial action was that community nurses were able to fill the gaps that were created when ambulance workers went on strike, but of course that becomes incredibly difficult when nurses and ambulances are out today,” explained she .

Maria Caulfield, Secretary of State for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy, said she sympathized with striking nurses but argued “anti-inflationary wage increases” could not be delivered.

The Conservative MP and nurse told GB News: “I’m an RCN member myself so I’m in both camps if you will – I have a lot of sympathy.

“But we also have a responsibility to the taxpayer and we had an independent process with the Payroll Verification Board, which the unions joined and were very happy with the settlement last year.

“And it’s difficult for us now, if we want to give the nurses a raise, we’d have to look at the teachers and ambulance drivers.

“We just can’t afford the anti-inflationary wage increases that the unions are currently demanding.”

But Sharon Graham of the Unite union said the government should start negotiations over pay or face a “continuous cycle” of strikes.

Speaking at a vigil in Wales, Sharon said: “There will be no other way to end this argument until they get down to a table and talk about pay.

“[The Government] said on many occasions that they are in constructive discussions; First of all, I don’t know what these constructive talks are – they certainly don’t get paid.

“And second, I can’t put constructive conversations on a ballot.

“What we need is the talks with Rishi Sunak or Stephen Barclay for pay, we can get an offer and then withhold that from the members.

“This has to happen. Until then, we’re in this constant cycle of strike action that obviously nobody wants.

“Our members do not want to go on strike. They want to be at work and serve the country.”

RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen said: “Everyone can see the resilience of our nursing staff, these brilliant people who are on the picket line today and are losing another day’s wages. They say the patients have had enough, they’ve had enough.”

Meanwhile said Dr. Adrian Boyle, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine: “While strikes can disrupt emergency care and pose a risk to patient safety, we know that patient safety has long been at risk due to years of under-provision, under-funding, shortages of staff, shortages of beds and inadequate and inadequate community and social care.

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On January 9th, the British Medical Association (BMA) opened a ballot for young doctors that will run until February 20th.

The BMA says staff will leave for 72 hours in March if the vote is successful.

Where are the strikes?

Here is a full list of all trusts affected by today’s strikes:

Members of the Royal College of Nursing will strike today against the following Hospital Trusts:


  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS has found trust
  • St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS has found trust
  • Clatterbridge Cancer Center NHS has found trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Walton Center NHS Foundation Trust


  • Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust University Hospitals
  • The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust

South East

  • University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Southeast Coast Ambulance Service
  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • Bristol University Hospitals and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS has found trust

West Midlands

  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire and Humber

  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Ambulance workers represented by the GMB union will go on strike today.

The following foundations are affected:

  • Ambulance Service Southwest
  • Southeast Coast Ambulance Service
  • Ambulance Service Northwest
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • Ambulance Service Northeast
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Welsh Ambulance Service
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