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Jeremy Hunt Told He Is Wrong About NHS By MP Who Suffered Heart Attack

'Can he stop talking down the medial profession and start defending the doctors'

18/04/2016 16:43

Jeremy Hunt has been told to stop "talking down" the NHS by an MP whose life was saved by doctors on a weekend.

Today the health secretary told the Commons there will be "no retreat" on introducing a new contract for junior doctors.

The government has said the changes need to be made to ensure patients get equal treatment at the weekend.

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But Labour MP Mike Gapes, who suffered a heart attack in November, said Hunt was wrong to claim there was not a seven-day health service.

"Can I tell the secretary of state, I was admitted to the hospital in the early hours of a Saturday morning at a weekend. I spent five-and-a-half weeks in intensive care.

"I had many conversations with doctors during the time I was in St Mary's Hospital Paddington.

"I really do ask him to look to the circumstances of those doctors today who do work weekends. We do have a weekend NHS. It is not true to say there are people like me who lives are not saved because we are admitted at weekend."

The Ilford South MP  added: "Can he stop talking down the medial profession and start defending the doctors."

Hunt said there was an 11%-15% higher chance of death if patients were admitted at a weekend.

The health secretary said the idea he was attacking doctors was wrong and "nothing could be further from the truth".

There has been speculation that Hunt may have U-turned on how the new contract will be implemented amid suggestions that he may not have the legal powers to actually force it upon junior doctors.

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