It’s a topic that has sparked a lot of debate across the UK.
So were the up to 100,000 nurses who went on strike in England, Wales and Northern Ireland yesterday right?
More than half of MailOnline readers said doctors were wrong to withdraw in our survey yesterday and thousands shared their views.
NEWCASTLE: RCN members on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle
Health Secretary Steve Barclay averted the doctors’ strike (he visited a hospital that did not back the action), where he was adamant that the government would not meet the union’s wage demands.
The Royal College of Nursing has promised industrial action on December 15 and 20.
This map shows the hospitals where the Royal College of Nursing will hold its first wage strikes on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December
This chart shows the Royal College of Nursing’s demands for a 5 per cent pay increase above inflation for the bands covered by its membership, which includes healthcare assistants and nurses. Estimates based on NHS employer data
The money has to come from hard-pressed taxpayers, most of whom have little extra cash. – sleepysam, London UK
Totally unrealistic demands. When considering their salary, pension, vacation and other benefits, they are far better off than the average private sector worker. – vote2leave, UK
Nope! 70,000 appointments have been cancelled. Now was not the time. – OrdinaryAverageBloke, London, UK
Nobody’s wages have kept pace with inflation. – sparky56789, Bristol, UK
Surely one has to accept that if you work in public services you are never going to be earning high salaries. You enter public service to serve the public. If you want to earn a big salary, go and work for a bank or take a little risk and start your own business. -Jacky Jax Jackson, Hooverville, UK
I haven’t had a big raise for a few years. I am in the private sector. I could get a better paying job with more hours, but I love my job. Happiness in a job is much better than monotony – Normal Girl, Lincoln, UK
Give them a pay raise in exchange for a total overhaul of the NHS. Get rid of jobs and waste and use the savings for patient care and better wages. Right now the NHS is a bottomless money pit that is unsustainable and will inevitably lead to its demise unless major changes are effected. -Charlie Sylo, Solihull, UK
Who in the private sector is getting such a huge pay rise? No one! My husband got the usual 3% from him and he works hard as an engineer. You get a good pension, go. Nurses are to be admired, yes, but you know the pay levels when you walk into the job, tired of all this now. -Carlie Wurly, UK
No, not for the amounts they claim, they already had a salary increase when other public sector workers did not. Everyone would like more money, but the current salary offer is better than most can hope for in these difficult times. – Bunny, Ipswich, UK
Nurses earn comparable pay to NHS engineers, at all levels, so why are they complaining? – US, UK
I agree that nurses need a higher salary, but 19% is too high. However, the government is getting more money because inflation means more tax revenue, but all they want to do is pay off the national debt. -Paul Davis, York, UK
I understand that people need money to live. I am all very much in agreement with the salary increase, but the percentage they want is ridiculous. If you want more money, find a job that pays more. -ian, UK
Yes totally agree underpaid and taken for granted. This government will help anyone but its own -Peter Muffler, Udon thani, Thailand
Many appointments and minor surgeries are canceled every day due to a shortage of staff and beds, now is the time! – raynad59, UK
The lowest paid nurses along with the aides deserve more but also the police deserve much more as they risk their lives for the public yes they are some bad guys it is up to an outside body to get rid of them. – al500, Luton, UK
I vote for double the salary of every nurse, medical worker, ambulance, everyone involved in the healthcare profession. They were there for us in COVID now is the time we are behind them. -Paul Illingworth, Saintes, France
I will support nurses getting a raise when teachers get the same. Including all the college and university professors who were pushed to zero-hour contracts to save money. – Velvet Hedgehog, Newcastle, UK
Absolutely, people go to work to build their lives and finances don’t just barely survive, many don’t even make it. Time for changes in this country, enough is enough! – Exactly that, Birmingham, UK
Totally. The fat cats get their bonuses and salary increases. It is time for people to stand up and be heard. Power to the people. -Emi0001, UK
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