Health Unions in Northern Ireland expressed deep disappointment following the statement from the Department of Health that was read to the trade unions today outlining their position on pay.

The pay gap our members expect us to close would still remain.

There is currently no basis in the Department of Health's position to enter into a new round of discussions.

We have already sat in rooms with the Department and Employers for 8 months without resolution and what we have heard today will anger our very hard working and dedicated health and social care staff who are already under significant pressure to deliver safe and effective care to the population.

Our Dispute Continues

Those who lead the Health Service have a responsibility to seek and secure funding that is desperately needed to stabilise the workforce to ensure safe staffing levels, patient safety and deliver pay justice for our members across the HSC.