Nurses to hold first ballot on protest action

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The first-ever ballot for industrial action among nurses in an English NHS trust was given the go-ahead yesterday.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing at the East Berkshire Community Health Trust are to vote on whether to take limited action in a row over "strings" attached to a pay offer. The move follows the adoption last year by the RCN of a new rule allowing industrial action as long as patients are not harmed.