The Welsh Government has responded to a warning from the British Medical Association that the NHS here faces a "stark future", insisting that there are no proposals to cut consultants' pay in Wales.
Doctors group the British Medical Association has issued a severe warning, saying the NHS in Wales is "facing a very stark future that threatens to scar our nation."
BMA Welsh council chairman Dr Philip Banfield was speaking at the trade union's annual conference in Harrogate.
He said that the Welsh Government plans to cut the salaries of consultants which could mean that they will earn 5 per cent less than their counterparts in the UK, and warned the move "will worsen the continuing recruitment crisis in Wales."
The BMA received over 450 unsolicited emails and letters working in Wales, expressing their dismay at the proposal.
Dr Banfield said: "Financial targets still take precedence over clinical priorities, our doctors, nurses and other front-line clinical staff have morale at an all-time low, stress at an all-time high – and this, as we have seen, is when mistakes happen and patients die unnecessarily."
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says its proposals for staff reorganisation are focused on "the critical importance maintaining safe levels of care and improving patient experience."
It says "only a small number of people may find themselves in a redundancy position."
It says Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has given assurances that its staffing plans will not risk levels of care, and that no decisions have been made yet.
The professional body for doctors in Wales has pulled out of high-level discussions with the Welsh Government and NHS employers on the future organisation of the health service here.
The British Medical Association Cymru Wales says Cardiff and Vale University Health Board's announcement that hundreds of jobs may be axed is a "reckless dash towards a redundancy program" which "undermines the work of the task force and has destroyed our trust in the integrity of that process."