Responding to the DHSC's invitation to talks to resolve the ongoing industrial action over pay, Dr Vishal Sharma, chair of the BMA consultants committee, said:
“Following our letter indicating we would pause strike dates and requesting the Government enter negotiations with us, we have now received an invitation to talks with the Department for Health and Social Care.
“The BMA consultants committee has been clear that reform of the broken pay review process is essential to resolving this dispute and that the reformed pay review body is to make truly independent recommendations on pay in order to correct for the losses that consultants have experienced that have resulted in the current workforce crisis. We will be expecting to discuss and explore other solutions in the forthcoming talks.
“It is good to see the Government is willing to come to the table and it is vital that they commit to serious negotiations with a view to bringing this avoidable dispute to a conclusion.”
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