Disagreements over the viability of a seven-day NHS are rumbling on and Jeremy Hunt this week demanded that consultants’ working hours be extended.
Sebastian Nixon, another NHS worker, that he was also at work on Saturday, saying: “Damn these lazy doctors and their extravagant weekends”.
Dr Land’s letter has emerged a favourite among colleagues on Facebook where she posted it as part of an online campaign – #ImInWorkJeremy – in which medics tweet and post selfies of themselves on the wards to the cabinet member. Hope you’re listening @Jeremy_Hunt.’.
And all weekend doctors tool to Twitter to mock the health secretary claiming he was out of touch and clearly did not know how many NHS staff were actually working.
Paul Dark posted a photograph of the handover briefing at Salford Royal Hospital and wrote: “Night shift medical handover at Salford Royal NHS ICU #ImInWorkJeremy -great team great care great patient outcomes”.
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt was accused yesterday of launching a “wholesale attack on doctors” following threats to enforce new seven-day contracts if they did not agree to work more weekends.
“To drs on shift 2day: thx 4 ur hard work. Now we need 2 reflect that professionalism wth modern contract 2 make NHS safer!#ImInWorkJeremy”.
But the BMA, the doctors’ union, branded his ultimatum a “blatant attempt” to distract from the Government’s “refusal to invest properly in emergency care”. This is certainly not what I signed up for when I skipped off to Medical School at 18, thinking I’d “make a difference”.
Last week, Mr Hunt said consultants in NHS hospitals should work on weekends and evenings, and that 6,000 have died because of a “nine to five” culture.
He then subsequently landed himself in hot water as he was accused of breaching patient confidentiality by tweeting a photo from the hospital visit.
The Conservative MP said yesterday: “Labour introduced these flawed clinical excellence awards alongside their disastrous 2003 contract, which we’re determined to change – sadly, the BMA haven’t taken up our offer to reform them”.
The picture was soon edited to take out the information, but critics demanded Mr Hunt issue an apology for the apparent breach in patient confidentiality.
Lauren Nicole Jones pointed out that she could lose her job if she had sent the tweet.