Rishi Sunak Vows to Slash NHS Waiting Lists Once Strikes Cease, Facing Union Backlash Over Claims of Pay Settlements Across Health Sectors

Sunak’s NHS Waiting List Promise

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, expressed confidence in reducing NHS waiting lists, vowing to fulfill his pledge once strikes by hospital staff conclude.

However, this statement faced criticism from health unions over alleged pay settlements within different health sectors.

Industrial Action and Waiting List Impact

Sunak highlighted that a period without strikes last year saw waiting lists fall significantly, citing a drop of 65,000 during October.

He urged junior doctors to return to discussions, emphasizing the positive correlation between strike absence and waiting list reduction.

Union Dispute and Criticism

The British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) refuted Sunak’s claims of settled pay disputes with consultants, speciality doctors, and nurses.

They asserted that unresolved issues persist within these sectors, calling for better pay offers and emphasizing ongoing disputes, including impending strike action in Northern Ireland.

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