Nationwide ambulance strikes due to take place next week have been suspended after the Government agreed to discuss pay for this year and next year, the GMB union said.

Strikes by paramedics and other emergency service staff were due to take place on 6 and 8 March but were called off at the eleventh hour after the Government intervention.

Health secretary Steve Barclay wrote to unions hours after ambulance workers announced that they would reduce emergency cover on strike days.

The Department of Health and Social Care has now agreed to discuss pay for both this year and next year – as well as improvements to other terms and conditions, the union said.

This story is being updated.

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