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Nurses in Wales prepared to ballot over strike action if pay cap not removed

Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, Tina Donnelly Credit: ITV Wales

Nurses in Wales are prepared to ballot over strike action if a cap on pay isn't removed by the Westminster Government.

Speaking to ITV Wales, the Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, Tina Donnelly said: "If that pay cap is not lifted, we will ballot our members in the Autumn for strike action."

If the ballot goes ahead it would be the first time in the 100-year history of the RCN that such action has been taken.

The Health Secretary in Wales, Vaughan Gething has written to the Health Secretary in England, Jeremy Hunt, asking him to remove the cap.

Last month politicians were accused of not listening to the concerns of nurses.

While health is a devolved matter to Wales, Mr Gething asks that funds are made available across the UK to allow the devolved Labour Government to increase pay by more than 1%.

The department of health said the support of staff is a priority.

"As the Secretary of State has made clear, the support and welfare of NHS staff is a top priority as they do a fantastic job - the government is committed to ensuring they can continue to deliver world-class patient care.”

– Department of Health spokesperson