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UK medical staff strike intensifies

London, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) In search of better salaries, the staff of British National Health System (NHS), especially nurses, intensified a strike , carried out simultaneously in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Concern is growing within the NHS leadership at the announcement that emergency service and ambulance employees will also go on strike in England and Wales, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Despite the negative consequences of the halting of the said services, Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, does not seem at all willing to give in to the strikers after calling on the population to prepare for a long absence of these duties.

After admitting that the protests could last several months, Sunak considered that his team is acting responsibly and reasonably, and will continue to do so as part of the country’s long-term strategy to fight inflation.

The United Kingdom, just like many European countries, is suffering the boomerang effect of the sanctions against Russia, which included a phased embargo on the purchase of Russian oil and gas.

The reduction in the supply of fuels in the European market has led to an historic inflation with the increase in energy tariffs, causing an impact on the economies of European nations, the United Kingdom included, local press commented.

Sunak’s position is that the demands for a salary increase arrive too late for the 2022/2023 fiscal period, that is why they will remain without a solution, although he hinted at the possibility of an increase for the 2023/2024 period, The Guardian highlighted.


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