Hospital doctors’ union statement following meeting with Health Secretary over pay

HCSA - the hospital doctors' union has issued the following statement after the conclusion of talks over pay with Secretary of State Steve Barclay, alongside the British Medical Association and British Dental Association. 

HCSA general secretary Dr Paul Donaldson said: "The tone of the meeting was cordial, but there was no forward movement on funding for the pay settlement so sorely needed to stabilise the medical workforce.

"We pressed home the dire need for reform of the pay review system, action on pay and the pensions taxes hitting our Consultants and Specialists.

"But there was nothing today to head off the looming prospect of industrial action by junior doctors.

"Pay has dropped in real terms by more than 26 percent in a decade and only a plan to reverse that decline will move us towards a settlement.

"Our door remains open to talks but the government must understand the severity of the situation. We are not sure that they do."