Local and regional pay, terms and conditions
In 2012 a number of hospital trusts in south west England formed a consortium suggesting a break away from nationally agreed pay, terms, and conditions for doctors and other NHS staff.
In response to concerns raised by the BMA and other health unions, a cross-party group of MPs in the south west met Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter MP, and urged him to write to the trusts in the consortium to encourage them to respect national pay negotiations. The BMA and other health unions, including the Royal College of Nursing, refused to negotiate with the Consortium, which they branded a ‘pay cartel’.
The consortium has now been officially disbanded after publishing a final report of recommendations. A number of the Trusts have now stated their commitment to maintaining national pay.
As this does not end the threat of regional pay deals elsewhere in England we will remain on guard to protect national terms and conditions.
Read about the disbanding of the consortium
Read the case against a local and regional approach to pay, terms and conditions in the NHS