Health service will be ‘seriously hampered’ if strike action continues

The long-term impact of strike action on the NHS could be “serious and significant”, according to the incoming head of a major NHS representative body. Sir Julian Hartley, the incoming chief executive of NHS Providers, said the health service would be “seriously hampered” if the strikes go on indefinitely, and he called for a swift resolution to the dispute. He said NHS leaders are “not attending to the medium-term recovery” as they focus on operational challenges posed by the strikes. The current chief executive at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust also highlighted the knock-on effect the strikes could have on the record backlog of care facing the health service. “The long-term implications for strike action as the NHS attempts to recover from Covid are serious and significant,” he told the Newcross Healthcare’s Voices of Care podcast.