The Papers: UK ‘hostage’ to strikes and ‘World Cup le crunch’

The Daily Telegraph leads on its own analysis of the impact on patients of forthcoming strike action by nurses – warning that 15,000 operations are set to be cancelled. It reports that NHS Trusts have been told to ensure patients are informed by Tuesday – adding that more than 100,000 out-patient appointments could also be affected.

The Guardian has an interview with the leader of nurses’ union, Pat Cullen, who accuses the Health Secretary Steve Barclay of being a ‘bully boy’. The head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says he is unwilling to negotiate with her because she is a woman representing a largely female workforce. A spokesperson for Mr Barclay tells the paper he has the utmost respect for nurses – and further talks with the RCN were possible.

The likely consequences of industrial action in other sectors is also reported. The Times says that police chiefs are refusing to step in and support the ambulance service, which had requested that officers assist by driving…

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