Commenting on the junior doctors strike, former health minister and Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb said:
"The root cause of this dispute is the chronic financial crisis facing the NHS and the Government's determination to stretch already over-strained resources too far.
"This is why junior doctors are so angry and frustrated. There's a real danger that patients are put at risk during the week as the Government forces doctors to work more hours at weekends.
"More strikes could be very damaging given that services are already under intolerable pressure. I therefore repeat my call to the Government to agree to an urgent cross party process aimed at achieving a new settlement for the NHS and care. I also urge the BMA to add their weight to our call.
"The cross party process should then engage with both staff and the public. We have the sixth largest economy in the world. We should be capable of better than this.
"There's no reason why we can't achieve a modern, highly effective NHS and care system but the Government will have to work with others to achieve that."
Regional Autumn Conference 2017
All members of the Region are invited to our South East Region's Autumn Conference in Reigate, 2017. South East Region Autumn Conference and AGM Saturday 11th November 2017 10am to 4pm Reigate School, Pendleton Rd, Reigate, RH2 7NT Read more