Downing Avenue have rejected calls to enter into negotiations with Acas and the Chairman of the BMA council has stated that the federal government “have already determined the reply.”
On Wednesday the Academy of Medical Royal Faculties stated a 3rd half is required to assist and break the impasse with strikes.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated, “There are not any plans for this.
“Within the first occasion, the Well being Secretary is able to converse on to the BMA, as quickly as they pause strike motion.
“That’s one thing we have now had in place for all different talks with unions and has been honoured by different unions.
“Because the Well being Secretary has stated earlier than, we have to transfer away from the beginning place of 35%.”
Chairman of the BMA council, Professor Philip Banfield, instructed BBC Radio 4’s Right this moment programme on Thursday, “Do we have now any preconditions? No, we don’t. That is all coming from the Authorities facet who need to negotiate from a place the place they’ve already determined what the reply is.”
Requested concerning the BMA pay demand for 35%, he stated: “Individuals are tied up on this 35% determine.
“There isn’t a quantity that’s set in stone right here – it’s the precept of restoring pay that has been misplaced in its worth. So as to talk about what which means and the way that’s achieved, it wants folks to sit down across the desk.
“This Authorities doesn’t need to sit across the desk. It doesn’t need to have any form of impartial arbitration of this as a result of it’s anxious that it may cost a little it cash.”
When requested if the BMA will take into account suspending strikes and coming into talks, Prof Banfield stated, “We haven’t really received a strike introduced at this cut-off date.
“So right here is the time to get within the room and speak. It may be carried out quickly.”