In response to a number of queries from members on the status of the Hospital Consultants & Specialists Association in terms of NHS employer recognition, we have released the following statement:
"HCSA has for around two years been involved in dialogue over formal trade union recognition with Department of Health and senior NHS Employers representatives.
"These discussions have progressed over that period and NHS Employers signposted in early 2016 that trade union recognition and subsequent participation in all future contract and terms and conditions negotiations for hospital doctors is to be confirmed.
"These discussions were deferred during this year’s industrial action, however they have now resumed and we are currently working with all parties on the detailed arrangements to take the process of HCSA recognition forward.
"We hope to see the outcome formalised in coming weeks."