A statement has been released by the UK government this evening. 

It says: “The Government and Royal College of Nursing have agreed to enter a process of intensive talks.

“Both sides are committed to finding a fair and reasonable settlement that recognises the vital role that nurses and nursing play in the National Health Service and the wider economic pressures facing the United Kingdom and the Prime Minister’s priority to halve inflation. 

“The talks will focus on pay, terms and conditions, and productivity enhancing reforms.

“The Health Secretary will meet with the Royal College of Nursing on Wednesday (22 February) to begin talks. The Royal College of Nursing will pause strike action during these talks.”

Find out more in our live online event with RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen this evening (21 February).