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

BRITAIN faces the largest ever strike by healthcare workers in history as nurses and ambulance workers walk out today.

People will face a “postcode lottery” of care across the country with tens of thousands of staff from the two unions returning to picket lines following a row over pay.

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

It comes five days after the country was brought to a halt by industrial action disrupting trains, schools and the civil service.

There will be a “hugely disrupted day” across the 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 hugely disrupted day across the NHS, it’s going to be incredibly challenging."

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Up to 600 Armed Forces personnel were last night ready to step in to ease the chaos as talks over pay and conditions were gridlocked.

Further NHS strikes are set to unfold over the next few days, with nurses returning to the picket fence tomorrow (February 7), physiotherapist on Wednesday (9 February) workers on Friday (February 10).

"We’re planning for an incredibly disrupted week," Saffron said.

“What we previously had with industrial action has been, for example community nursing staff being able to plug the gaps left when ambulance staff are out on strike, but obviously with nurses and ambulances out today, that’s going to be incredibly difficult," she explained.

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Maria Caulfield, minister for mental health and women’s health strategy, said she sympathised with striking nurses but argued that “inflation-busting pay rises” could not be afforded.

The Conservative MP and nurse, speaking to GB News, said: “I’m an RCN member myself, so I sit in both camps, if you like.

“Absolutely, I have a lot of sympathy.

“But we also have a responsibility to the taxpayer and we’ve followed an independent process with the pay review body that unions signed up to and were very happy with the settlement last year.

“And it is difficult for us now if we are to give a pay (rise) to nurses, we would have to look at teachers, ambulance drivers.

“We just can’t afford inflation-busting pay rises that the unions are currently demanding.”

But Sharon Graham, of the Unite union, said the Government should open negotiations on pay or face a “constant cycle” of walkouts.

Speaking at a picket in Wales, Sharon said: “There isn’t going to be any other way to end this dispute until they come to the table and talk about pay.

“[The Government] said on many occasions that they’re in constructive talks; first of all, I don’t know what those constructive talks are – they are certainly not on pay.

“And, secondly, I can’t put constructive talks on a ballot paper.

"What we need is the talks to happen with Rishi Sunak or Stephen Barclay on pay, we can get an offer and then we can put that off to the members.

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“That’s what needs to happen. Until that happens, we are in this constant cycle of having strike action, which obviously nobody wants.

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

Where are the strikes?

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

Members of the Royal College of Nursing will strike at the following hospital trusts today:


  • 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

North West

  • 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 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 Found Trust
  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Found Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust


  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • 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
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

South West

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol 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 Found Trust

West Midlands

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

Yorkshire and the 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 strike today.

The following trusts will be affected: 

  • South West Ambulance Service 
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service 
  • North West Ambulance Service 
  • South Central Ambulance Service 
  • North East Ambulance Service 
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service 
  • Welsh Ambulance Service 
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service 

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