NHS Employers statement on BMA strike21st June 2012
Commenting at 4:45pm about today's doctors' strike, Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, part of the NHS Confederation, said:
"We genuinely feel for and share the distress of the thousands of patients that have been affected by this industrial action. This action is not fair on them.
"We are of course relieved that the strike does not appear to have been as damaging as had been feared.
"The good news is it looks as if the careful planning has paid off and that means employers have generally been able to minimise the damaging effect on patients.
"I know that health trusts and doctors will now pull out all the stops to reschedule people's care as quickly and safely as possible.
He added: "It's really important that there is no hangover from the strike in terms of strained relationships and bad blood. We have to maintain the strong bonds and mature relationships that are so essential to the quality of care.
"The day is not over as the strike does not end until midnight. We will remain vigilant."
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