In the run up to these strikes our objectivehas been to minimise disruption for patients. We asked doctors to recognisethat their quarrel was not with patients but with the Government. I am pleasedthat a significant majority of doctors have done just that and maintainedservices for their patients.
But let us not forget that the consequence ofthe BMA’s decision to ask doctors to go on strike has been that thousands ofpatients who expected to have an operation or an appointment today have beeninconvenienced or distressed by delay to their care.
Just 8% of doctors working in the NHS in England went on strike, according to the Government. More than 20,000 patients were affected.
Doctors are taking industrial action for the first time in almost 40 years but what are the arguments for and against pension reforms?
More than half of people surveyed in an exclusive ITV News poll oppose the doctors' strike over pensions that will take place on Thursday.