Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison, arrives for a meeting with health minister Steve Barclay at the Department of Health in London on Monday, January 9, 2023.
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British nurses and ambulance drivers will press on with more strikes in a dispute over pay after talks with the government failed to produce a breakthrough on Monday.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which represents close to half a million nurses, midwives and health care assistants described the talks as “bitterly disappointing.”

“There is no resolution to our dispute yet in sight,” Joanne Galbraith-Marten, the RCN’s director of employee relations and legal services, said in a statement. “This intransigence is letting patients down. Ministers have a distance to travel to avert next week’s nurses strike,” she added.

After resisting union calls for direct talks with the government on pay for months, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak opened the door in a last ditch effort to end the worst wave of industrial action the United Kingdom has seen for many years.

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