Lamb comments on suspension of Junior Doctors strike

January 19, 2016 1:55 PM

The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the British Medical Assocation's decision to call off the 48-hour junior doctors' strike due to start next Tuesday in England.

Tens of thousands of trainees in England were due to provide emergency care-only cover for 48 hours, beginning next Tuesday. However, the association decided to halt the action while conciliation talks between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health continue.

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

"This suspension of the strike is welcome and it shows how serious the Junior Doctors are to resolve the issues at stake, it is now up to the Government to step up to the plate and do their part too.

"The Government now need to come back, really negotiate and take the threat of imposing a new contract away.

"We need a cross party commission to look at the future of NHS and social care funding. It is crucial we come up with a new settlement to ensure stability in the years to come and a fair deal for patients and NHS staff".