Northern Irish nurses strike over pay, staffing levels

  • Senior social worker Johnny Flynn joins a protest of healthcare workers outside Daisy Hill Hospital Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Newry, Northern Ireland. The 12-hour walkout by nurses and healthcare workers will see them leave patient bedsides in a dispute over pay and patient safety, although critical care patients will not be effected. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • An ambulance beeping its horn in support as it passes a union picket line, outside the Belfast Royal Hospital as nurses across Northern Ireland take part in a 12-hour strike over pay, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019. The 12-hour walkout by nurses and healthcare workers will see them leave patient bedsides, without effecting critical care patients, in a dispute over pay and patient safety. (Liam McBurney/PA via AP)

LONDON — Nurses in Northern Ireland walked off the job Wednesday in outrage over poor staffing and pay that lags in comparison to their counterparts in England and Wales.

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