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Humza Yousaf asks Tory UK Health Secretary for more money to avert strike action

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Humza Yousaf has written to the UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay asking for more funding to help avert industrial action later this winter.Scotland's Health Secretary along with his Welsh counterpart Eluned Morgan wrote to Barclay ahead of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's autumn statement next week in a bid to call for additional funding for hard-working NHS staff.

It comes after ambulance workers in Scotland on Friday voted to take strike action for one day on November 28. Deputy First Minister John Swinney and the Welsh Government minister for finance recently wrote to the Treasury in calls for additional funding for public services.The letter reads: "We wanted to write to you in advance of the Chancellor's autumn statement on November 17 to once again make the case for additional funding for our hard-working NHS staff. "The Royal College of Nursing have announced a sweeping legal mandate for industrial action across the UK.

In Scotland , they have joined several other unions representing NHS staff in gaining a legal mandate for industrial action with ballots expected to confirm a mandate in the rest of the UK. "The risk to the NHS of industrial action this winter is profound, and we all need to do all we can to avert industrial action in any form."The NHS across the UK continues to feel the effects of the pandemic as it recovers and remobilises, and any action is likely to have catastrophic effects in all parts of the UK."We are experiencing a cost of living crisis and the anger of NHS staff is entirely understandable."Sky rocketing inflation combined with high-interest rates, a direct result of the havoc caused by the UK Government's mini-budget, means that we are simply unable to come close to matching the expectations of

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