– Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary
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.
Doctors are taking industrial action over controversial pension reforms. It's the first time they have gone on strike in almost 40 years. The Government has said one in 10 patients has had an operation, outpatient appointment or treatment rescheduled