The largest strike by British nurses
In the UK, nurses and paramedics have stopped working en masse today. They demand more wages.
More than 100,000 male and female nurses and 10,000 paramedics are on strike. It is the largest strike ever within the National Health Service (NHS), Britain’s comprehensive health system. The procedures of the physiotherapists, paramedics and nursing staff will follow later this week.
Trade unions are demanding at least a 10 percent wage increase in line with inflation. The government maintains a wage increase of 4.75 percent.
The UK health system is cracking at the seams. Millions of people are on waiting lists for routine treatments. The strike this week alone has forced more than 55,000 appointments to be postponed.
Other British government employees have also stopped working in recent weeks or are still planning to do so. Everyone is calling for those higher wages, now that life is so much more expensive.
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