Consultants to vote on new deal after intensive talks

Consultants in England have reached a new deal with the Government which could potentially draw a line under the ongoing dispute over pay. The British Medical Association (BMA) and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) will now put the offer to their members. The new offer, if accepted by members, would see more doctors getting an additional rise compared to the previous offer – which was narrowly voted down by medics. The deal would see top hospital doctors get a rise of between 6% and 19.6%, depending on the number of years as a consultant. If accepted, the deal could bring an end to strike action by top hospital doctors in England. BMA consultants committee chairman Dr Vishal Sharma said: “This hard fought-for offer marks a step forward in restoring fairness and if it is accepted, as we hope it will be, it is essential that the pay review process makes recommendations that will further restore consultants’ pay in the coming years, to fix the retention crisis among the consultant workforce – and therefore safeguard medical expertise in the NHS.” Commenting on the new offer for consultants in England, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “Ending strike action in the NHS...

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