Until, Mr Hunt, you establish a better understanding of how Doctors and hospitals work (it seems you’ve still failed to grasp the difference between routine and emergency care) I suggest you take a step back from your post as Health Secretary.
Mr Hunt is among a number of critics of the “clinical excellence award” scheme, which is meant to award doctors who “perform over and above the standard expected” – but is now allegedly abused as a “back-door way of boosting salaries”.
Fresh from a weekend of graveyard shifts, Janis Burns slammed the PM’s 7-day NHS plan and said many of her colleagues earn less than a Pret a Manger manager.
The generous pay deal is costing the health service £420 million a year – even though consultants are allowed to opt out of working evenings and weekends thanks to a gold-plated pay deal introduced under Labour. Except a lot of us are.
Play video “Health Secretary On 7-Day Working”.
Anna Farmer also a picture of her NHS photo card on Twitter, asking: “What day is it again?”
Reena Aggarwal, a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology, said she had tweeted a photo from a 24-hour double shift she worked to cover for a shortage of staff.
He has warned doctors that unless they agree to work more weekends, he will enforce new seven-day contracts upon them.
Ms Burns, who works at London’s Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, posted the letter on Facebook where it’s been shared more than 30,000 times.
“On Wednesday morning this week I returned to work at 0800”.
The young medic behind the campaign told medical journal Pulse it was not a protest against weekend working but aimed to highlight the number of NHS staff already working to provide a seven-day service.
However the plans triggered a furious response from the BMA which accused Mr Hunt of a ‘wholesale attack on doctors.’.
He argued it was time for the BMA to “get real” on weekend working and vowed: “I will not allow the BMA to be a road block to reforms that will save lives”.
Dr Laura Land has joined several doctors and other NHS workers who have launched attacks on the senior Tory on social media.