Hunt: Doctors’ Strike Risks Safety Of Patients


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed this week’s 48-hour strike by junior doctors represents an “unacceptable” risk to patients.Mr Hunt also appealed to the British Medical Association (BMA) to call off the strike in England, which will cause the withdrawal of the majority of NHS services, and meet him.
On Saturday, a cross-party group of MPs urged Mr Hunt to trial the contested new work contract in a small number of trusts rather than impose it widely without the support of the BMA.
But Mr Hunt has insisted the contract was already being rolled out slowly.
The all-out strike is set to start on Tuesday at 8am and the NHS has already cancelled 125,000 operations and appointments in preparation.