NHS Providers responds to new consultation on minimum service levels in hospitals

18 September 2023

Responding to news that the government has launched a consultation to explore the extension of legal powers to maintain minimum service levels in hospital settings during strike action, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

"Strike action in the NHS over the past 10 months has undoubtedly been disruptive for patients and staff.

"However, the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023, subsequent consultation on the detailed implementation as well as the consultation announced today risks worsening industrial relations at a time when we need government and unions to get around the table and enter into talks to avert further escalation and disruption to patient care.

"This legislation – as well as the consultation announced today – doesn't address any of the issues underlying current strike action, including dissatisfaction with pay and working conditions.

"With unprecedented joint action by consultants and junior doctors just days away, we need government and unions to sit down and talk urgently."