A threat of industrial action by NHS staff members was ended today following an agreement by unions to accept a pay proposal that was originally made by the Government in January.
“This will be a huge relief for NHS organisations and for the thousands of patients and staff who were disrupted by industrial action”, said Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation.
“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.”
Today’s decision, made during an NHS Staff Council meeting between health unions and NHS employers which sought to find a constructive national agreement on pay terms and conditions, followed weeks of balloting which eventually saw most members of staff accept the Government’s pay proposal.