Responding to the news that junior doctors in Wales have voted in favour of strike action, with a 72-hour walkout scheduled from Monday 15th January, assistant director of the Welsh NHS Confederation Nesta Lloyd-Jones said:
“Health leaders know this is not a decision staff who voted for strike action will have taken lightly and recognise the frustration staff feel.
“Like most people, staff are being hit hard by the cost-of-living crisis, alongside rising demand for healthcare causing increased pressure at work. NHS leaders recognise how hard staff work and the huge contribution, and sacrifices, they make day in, day out and we can’t thank them enough.
“It must be acknowledged that this comes at a particularly difficult time for public finances, but we urge those on both sides of the table to do everything possible to reach a compromise.
“By now, we understand the impact industrial action can have on staff, patients, waiting lists and wider NHS finances and we know January usually sees some of the highest demand on services.
“Following the announcement, NHS organisations will now focus on understanding the implications on services and put contingency plans in place to minimise disruption to patient care. If any changes need to be made to non-urgent care services, such as check-ups and elective care, they will ensure this is communicated in advance to patients.”