21 / 1 / 2015 9.48am
The Health Secretary held talks yesterday with the main unions planning to take industrial action in the NHS over the ongoing pay dispute with the Government.
Unison, Unite and the GMB met with Jeremey Hunt yesterday evening to discuss the proposed industrial action on 29 January and the plans for protecting patient safety.
No resolution was found during the meeting, but both sides have agreed to hold further talks today.
Responding to the talks, Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers said:
“We welcome these talks between the Health Secretary and unions which aim to ensure patient safety is maintained during periods of industrial action.
“Employers are already preparing to minimise disruption to patients during next week’s action. Our immediate focus must be to continue good local partnership working and communication between employers and unions, ensuring safe emergency care on the day and efficient rescheduling of appointments when necessary.
“We continue to believe that striking isn't the right solution and only disrupts and distresses patients. We need to find a way to resolve this dispute with a long term sustainable plan, which takes us past this period of pay restraint.”
We will keep you informed of any developments as the talks progress throughout the day.
Full details of the industrial action planned for next week are available on our main industrial action
webpage. We have also prepared a range of resources for employers
, to help you prepare for industrial action.