What I am going to write in this post isn't going to shock people. There is no big revelation hidden within it. But I have come to the conclusion that if Jeremy Hunt isn't constantly nagged about the state of the Mental Health Service in England, nothing is actually going to be done about it.
Whatever is happening in the Labour Party, we cannot lose our focus on fighting for the investment that the NHS needs and tackling any attempts to use the current financial crisis as a Trojan horse for privatisation.
What the BBC would do well to remember before it goes any further down this path is that, whilst it may receive its funding from the government, the money comes from the tax payer. The purpose of the upcoming negotiations is to make the NHS better for our tax paying patients, not better for the well-being of our government's manifesto pledges.
On the last day before the summer recess, buried in a deluge of government announcements, today Jeremy Hunt has snuck out an announcement that the NHS bursary will be scrapped for students seeking to begin study in 2017/18. This is a complete disgrace and shows that the cynical and underhand tactics used under the last Prime Minister will continue under Theresa May.
Yet for the last six years the Conservative Party had sold the myth of austerity, promising that that cutting public services would "save money", rather than simply put our poorest citizens through unnecessary misery - or worse -and chock off a sustainable economic recovery. The NHS has been biggest casualty of his this ideologically-driven slash and burn of the public sphere.
The movement for change must be met by more than warm words from those with the power to write legislation and apportion budgets. We need our politicians as well as the public to champion mental health at the highest level, with genuine commitment to the humanitarian as well as economic arguments for better services.
A new or amended national policy is no doubt the correct formal answer, but time is absolutely essential to Matty so we are asking Jeremy Hunt in conjunction with NHS England to approve Matty's treatment without delay. This family, and I believe this nation, will hold Mr Hunt and NHS England for ever accountable if they close the door on Matty.
It doesn't really matter now what happens with the contract. Come August the shortage of junior doctors will be worse than ever, rotas will be full of gaps and the existing workforce will be even more stretched than they are at present. This will perpetuate the downward spiral of NHS morale and the ongoing departure of valuable staff from the service. If only Mr Hunt had been willing to talk all those months ago.
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The responsibility lies with the government; they have chosen to spend £9m on a leaflet about Brexit without spending this on having more junior doctors or investing in a better contract for junior doctors.
It wasn't meant to go like this. We were meant to cross the picket line in waves, our public support was meant to crumble, and trust in our profession was meant to disintegrate as our strike imperiled patients' lives.
As I type this on the seventh floor of Barts hospital in London, a bag of cyclophosphamide (a close relation of mustard gas) is being delivered straight into my heart via an arm-mounted catheter. I am at the complete mercy of the NHS. And I am entirely in support of the junior doctors' strike.
Doing battle with the junior doctors, smearing them, ignoring them, trying to silence them, is the perfect way to obliterate goodwill and turn kindness into jaded disinterest. A generation of junior doctors is desperate here. Striking is an act of desperation. Jeremy Hunt claims he supports NHS whistleblowers. Yet now, faced with 54,000 of them, he's using every trick in the book to silence them. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.
Junior Doctors are trusted all over the country, every hour of every week, to look after the health of their patients. My plea would be that none would be swayed by the spun conspiracy theories from the government that the BMA to trying to destroy Westminster. Rather, I would appeal for trust that this country's doctors will continue to do what they are the best in the world at doing- looking after their patients.
As strike action by junior doctors continues, the government is apparently in quandary over whether it is 'imposing' or 'introducing' the new contract. Whichever they choose, the contract will currently apply only to new junior doctors: the current Medical undergraduates. Yet their voice has been peculiarly neglected in the debate.
The world is watching Mr Cameron, I would like Michelle Obama, as a representative of a member state of the United Nations, to remind you of your promises.