Consultants demand 11 PER CENT pay rise and claim patients are 'safe' as they stage 48-hour walkout – despite health chief warning sick Brits face 'highest level of risk' during strikes

Senior NHS doctors have demanded an 11 per cent pay rise as they take to picket lines for the third time this year.

While sick Brits have been told to use emergency care as normal, health chiefs have warned patients face ‘the highest level of risk in living memory’.

But Dr Vishal Sharma, chair of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) consultants’ committee, which is coordinating the action, this morning claimed a ‘save level of service’ would be provided.

The BMA also said it had written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Steve Barclay outlining the ‘key asks’ needed to end the pay dispute.

In the letter sent to the Prime Minister yesterday, Dr Sharma said the BMA has always been clear that ‘strikes could be avoided if the Government was to present us with a credible offer that we could put to our members.’

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, he also said rather than looking at legislation on minimum service levels, the Government should be ‘stopping strikes in the first place’.

He added: ‘This has happened because the NHS staff across across the whole sector are really demoralised, they’re really burnt out and they’ve been forced into taking strike action.’

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