https://healthmedia.blog.gov.uk/2016/08/31/the-department-of-health-responds-to-the-bmas-announcement-on-industrial-action/

The Department of Health responds to the BMA's announcement on industrial action

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

As doctors’ representatives, the BMA should be putting patients first not playing politics in a way that will be immensely damaging for vulnerable patients. What’s more, the BMA must be the first union in history to call for strike action against a deal they themselves negotiated and said was a good one.

Whilst there are many pressures on the frontline, funding is at record levels, with the highest number of doctors employed in the history of the NHS. Co-operation not confrontation is the way forward to make sure patients get the best treatment and the NHS is there for people whenever they need it.