Nurses ‘have had enough’, partly because pay has fallen 15% in real terms, says RCN

More than 15,000 nurses in Northern Ireland are striking for better pay and increased staffing in a healthcare service mired in crisis.

Pickets appeared outside hospitals on Wednesday as 9,000 nurses from the Royal College of Nursing went on strike for the first time in the union’s 103-year history. The one-day action marked a serious escalation after weeks of industrial action by other healthcare workers.