09 / 3 / 2015 4.59pm
There was huge relief today as unions decided to call off NHS industrial action in England and agree to the Government’s pay proposal made in January.
Responding to the decision, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“This will be a huge relief for NHS organisations and for the thousands of patients and staff who were disrupted by industrial action.
“Employers do understand the anxieties of staff and urgently want to discuss sustainable ways to move away from pay restraint. This end to industrial action means we are now in a position to start those crucial discussions. Any solution will need to support better, safer and more responsive services to patients and more efficient use of NHS resources.”
The decision applies to England and was made at the NHS Staff Council, which is the regular meeting between health unions and employers that seeks constructive national agreements on pay terms and conditions.
The unions’ decision follows weeks of balloting in which most staff voted to accept the proposal, with some unions having a high turnout.
Notes for editors:
- The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
- Follow Danny Mortimer on Twitter at @NHSE_Danny and NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers
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