PM "should listen" to public on NHS, says BMA, as Sunak flees from public encounter

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Friday 19 January 2024
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Responding to comments made today by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as he met members of the public angry with his handling of the NHS, BMA chair of council Professor Phil Banfield said:

“Rishi Sunak could do with listening to the public more: it is clear they want an NHS properly staffed, with doctors paid fairly for their expertise and an immediate end to this dispute. The pressure is on for him to give junior doctors a credible offer, one that will retain their unique skills and help build a better NHS.


“Mr Sunak also repeated that his Government have resolved all other industrial disputes, but consultants, for example, are still voting on the offer presented to them by this Government and have not yet accepted a deal. The outcome will be announced in due course.”

Notes to editors

The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.