‘This is not true’: BMA responds to Government claim over 35% precondition on junior doctor pay talks

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Published: Thursday 23 March 2023

Responding to a statement from the Health Secretary, which claims the BMA ‘placed a pre-condition on talks of a 35% pay rise’, a BMA spokesperson said:

“This claim is not true. We have not made 35% a precondition to talks. In fact, we have set no preconditions – unlike the Health Secretary. The ask of 35% pay restoration is our starting position, and we are willing to meet with the Health Secretary anywhere, anytime, to negotiate what this might look like.”

Please find attached a list of the preconditions set by the Government during a meeting with Mr Barclay on Wednesday (22nd March), and a letter sent to the BMA outlining preconditions earlier this month.


Notes to editors

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. 

Engagement Principles from 22nd March, 2023

Letter from the Health Secretary from 10th March, 2023