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."
It is inappropriate for BMA Cymru Wales to participate further and therefore we have given formal notification that we will withdraw immediately from the Strategic Pay Task Force.
I recognise Welsh Government’s good intentions in fostering debate between NHS employers and the health service trades unions, but Cardiff and Vale Health Board’s actions are a betrayal of the trust necessary for those discussions to bear fruit. It means that employers will now have to revert to the existing consultation and negotiating arrangements with BMA Cymru Wales, at local and national levels respectively.
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