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Strike action looms as we enter 2023

02 January 2023
Volume 5 · Issue 1

Hello and happy New Year from the Journal of Prescribing Practice. As always, when writing a new year editorial, it's important to look to the year ahead and envision what we might encounter. While COVID-19 looms quietly around corners of the news, it's no longer at the forefront. Now we have new unprecedented concerns to confront. I'm writing this on the 16th December, and as I do, we've already had one strike on the 15th, with another to follow on the 20th, as the government continues to refuse to negotiate with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN has urged its members to strike unless they have seen evidence that the RCN have agreed to an exemption from strike action (RCN, 2022). As of right now, the RCN is threatening more strikes in January if negotiations do not begin to gain positive momentum. Long have the struggles of our current economic climate plagued healthcare professionals, and now, amid a flurry of strikes across the UK, many of you are choosing this as the time to act and demand better, and frankly, what you more than deserve. The journal stands behind you.

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