On Thursday 15 December, Heledd Fychan, Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central, visited nurses striking outside the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to express her support and solidarity with their campaign.
It was the biggest ever strike by nurses in the UK, and the first time the RCN has taken action across the whole of the UK in its 106-year history – a clear indication of the seriousness of the situation.
Speaking after the visit, Ms Fychan said: “It’s clear that taking the decision to strike was difficult to all that I spoke to, but members of the RCN clearly felt they had no choice.
“Our health service is under extreme pressure and with staff shortages across all NHS and social care sectors, our health care workers are concerned this is impacting on the safety of patients and the quality of care they are able to provide.
“They are also exhausted, regularly working additional hours for free and under constant pressure. Enough is enough.
“Everyone should receive fair wages and terms and conditions, and it is a scandal that many people working in our hospitals are having to turn to foodbanks for support. I urge the Welsh Government to meet with the RCN and take action to support our nurses and safeguard the future of the NHS here in Wales.