26 / 9 / 2014 5.44pm
NHS Employers has expressed disappointment over Unite’s decision today (26 September) to proceed to strike action.
Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“Employers are concerned and disappointed that Unite intends to join Unison in strike action in the NHS. Unite has yet to reveal details of how many of its members voted, while a very small proportion of members had voted for strike action in Unison’s ballot.
“Thousands of patients now face uncertainty and delays to treatment. We are asking unions to coordinate closely with employers right now, well ahead of the mandatory seven days minimum notice, so that hospitals and other health providers can start planning care.
“This is not the patients’ dispute and we strongly urge unions to take them out of it entirely, by instead returning to discussions on ways out of this troubling period of pay restraint. We completely understand the frustration of many staff but patient safety must always be our first priority.”
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