Britain strikes: The largest strike of nursing staff in the history of the health service comes into force

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Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will go on strike from 08:00 on Thursday in the largest strike of its kind in the history of the British Health Service.

Nursing will continue to provide some of its urgent services but routine surgery and other planned treatments are likely to be disrupted.

The Royal College of Nursing said nurses had no other choice after ministers refused to resume wage talks.

The British government said that the request of the Royal College of Nursing to increase salaries by 19% could not bear its financial consequences.

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