Following today's PMQs in which the PM claimed consultants and SAS doctors had “reached a fair and reasonable pay settlement with the government”, Dr Emma Runswick, BMA deputy council chair, said:
“The Government has not reached a deal with consultants or specialty doctors. Offers presented in negotiations with the BMA are being voted on by both consultants and SAS doctors - of which specialty doctors represent just one group - and then we will decide whether these offers are acceptable and are enough to bring an end to both disputes. Nothing has been decided yet.
“Some might suggest this is a cynical ploy by the Prime Minister to split the profession, and undermine and isolate junior doctors, who, despite their willingness to negotiate, are yet to receive a credible offer from the Government.
“This is not the first time the PM has made this claim, and having now done so in Parliament, he must urgently correct the record.”
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