27 / 1 / 2015 5.53pm
NHS Employers has welcomed news that the Government has reached agreement with health unions to cancel the 29 January NHS strike.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“We are delighted that the strike has been called off. It is the right decision for patients and puts us all in a better position to start talking about long-term solutions.
“Unfortunately, many patients will have already have been disrupted where it was necessary to safely reschedule their non-urgent appointments.
“If the unions proceed to fully accept the proposed pay agreement it will demonstrate a commitment and signal the start of a period of negotiations to deliver long term pay reform in the NHS. This needs to ensure that the pay system helps the NHS to provide better, safer and more responsive services to patients and lead to a more efficient use of NHS resources.”
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