East London health services are unlikely to be directly affected by the nurses’ strikes planned this month.
Earlier this month, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced that its members plan to scrap pay and patient safety on December 15th and 20th.
However, a spokesman for the nurses’ union said votes from their members in the East London Hospital Trusts did not reach the “legally required threshold” for strike action.
Following the strike announcement, Barts Health NHS Trust released a statement on its website saying it was continuing to develop contingency plans for the winter as other unions could “yet” vote for industrial action.
Barts serves a population of 2.5 million and manages five hospitals: Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Mile End Hospital in Bethnal Green and Newham Hospital in Plaistow .
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT), which runs King George Hospital, Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital, Romford, has confirmed to the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it will not be affected by the strike.
The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) did not respond to a request for comment.
When asked if any of the hospitals would vote for strikes, a Unison spokesman replied: “We haven’t announced voting results yet.”
The RCN has been contacted for comment.