Planned NHS strike in Sheffield and South Yorkshire called off

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A planned NHS strike due to take place on Thursday has been called off after a breakthrough was reached during talks.

The Unison union has announced that the strike, which would have meant thousands of health workers walking out across the region, will now no longer go ahead.

But although it is understood the government has tabled a new offer, Unison warned strikes could still take place at a later date if its members reject the deal.

Unison’s lead negotiator Christina McAnea said: “The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

“This isn’t a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients’ safety unions will now consult members.

“It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action.”