BMA committee chair says he fears pay erosion is creating risk of a two-tier health service similar to dentistry

A doctors’ leader has warned that consultants will not back down in their pay dispute and warned of further strikes next month unless the government offers “meaningful talks” on a settlement.

Vishal Sharma, chair of the British Medical Association’s consultants committee, said the NHS was at a “tipping point”, with many senior doctors considering quitting over healthcare failures and the erosion of their pay. He said there was a risk of a two-tier service emerging similar to the one in NHS dentistry, with patients going private to avoid long waits.

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