The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has confirmed to us that it has asked members at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust to strike on Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January 2023.
Nurses from our organisation will be striking but we are still running our services. Regardless of any strike action taking place, if you need urgent medical care please continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases - when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. If you need medical help or advice, go to NHS 111 online unless it is a life-threatening emergency when you should still call 999.
If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.
Salli Midgley, director of nursing at Sheffield Health and Social Care, said: “Over the next two days many of our nurses will be striking. We’ve been working with the RCN and our nursing family so our nurses can strike, and our service users are safe.
“We want to make sure that we support our nurses to strike and go to the picket lines if they choose to do so. Like many of them, I want to see a resolution as soon as possible to the strikes. Ultimately pay is a matter for the Government and the trade unions.
“The NHS remains open. At Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are open for business too. If you are in a mental health crisis, please make sure you get the help you need. If you have an appointment with us, I am asking you to still attend unless we have contacted you to rearrange it.”
There will be two pickets for RCN nurses at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. One picket will be at Michael Carlisle Centre, 75 Osborne Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, S11 9BF and another picket will be at the Memory Service, on Rivermead Drive on the Northern General Hospital site, S5 7JT.