Nurses in Northern Ireland will begin 48 hours of industrial action as they ask for pay parity with colleagues in the rest of the UK, and for improved staffing levels.
As well as nurses, it is said that paramedics will join strike action for 24 hours from the 18th December.
Though there is planned action, including frontline staff as well as non-emergency staff, emergency cover will be maintained to ensure people who need urgent care are catered for.
The strike action will go through, as the unions turned down the pay offer of an extra £28m a year as this is still not on par with staff in England.
Nurses have voted to take part in strike action for the first time in the 103-year history of the Royal College of Nursing union.
What could this mean for nurses in mainland UK
As the strike ramps up in Northern Ireland, nurses in the rest of the UK may take the opportunity to reflect upon the current staffing and pay situation also affecting them.
As millions of pounds have been ‘promised’ to nurses and the healthcare system in the rest of the UK, with little to no clarity, the Northern Ireland strike may just be the beginning.
Source: BBC news and Royal College of Nursing