Mr Hunt's dramatic U-turn on his repeated threat to impose his contract, broken by the Guardian, has arisen from a court case mounted by grassroots junior doctors against him. They believe they can prove he has no legal basis upon which to make his threat, and has acted unlawfully by pretending to be able to exercise a power he never had.
If a system is broken, trying to stretch it further for political gain appears foolhardy, especially if this is done through implementing change for a contract that will push junior doctors to breaking point.
The crux of it is that someone has to feel confident that they will be supported and treated fairly if they openly admit a mistake
As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.
Yesterday was a bad day. Not because I had that Monday morning feeling. Not because there was already a queue before I even started. And not even because my inbox was full of results waiting for me on top of all of this. Monday was a bad day because in the middle of my surgery, there was a message asking me to call the coroner to discuss a sudden death...
Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19, being the cause of 14 per cent of deaths in this age group, and the second m...
We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.
Doctors' contracts are not the problem, but this contract is: it puts the long-term delivery of patient care at risk and the future for our patients, our profession and the NHS as a whole shouldn't be up for negotiation.
It is these industry sponsored studies that have resulted in the prescription of statins to tens of millions of healthy people worldwide driving a multi-billion dollar industry... It's instructive to note that the drug company, Pfizer's own patient leaflet states "common side-effects that may affect up to one in 10 patients include sore throat, nausea, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain."
Under the new contract, the pattern of pay distribution depends on working patterns, but it was the sheer gall of both the wording and the dismissive attitude toward female doctors that made me question not just how little the government value doctors but if it values women doctors at all.
We would like to plan it with you, we would like to gather information and have a really solid plan, one we think is sensible and safe; but not with you imposing an uncosted, untested, unfunded contract Mr Hunt and not with your scaremongering.
In the six months I have been Shadow Health Secretary I have seen the contribution EU membership brings to our NHS: support for our highly skilled workforce, world class facilities, access to the latest medical research and technologies, and the economic growth that comes from being part of the single market. Walk away from Europe and we put this at risk. This is not a risk we should be prepared to take.
I am ill. I am mentally ill. I am always walking the tightrope of depression where a misstep could lead to self harm or, worse, suicide. That tightrope though has been made much wider because of the NHS. With the wonder of the NHS I do not walk a path where I cry out in hate but smile in gratitude.
With its seven volunteers and 80 'Ambassadors', the Patients Association is trying to keep its head above water, but it needs our help. As the voice of patients, it should be allowed to continue to stand tall and challenge the mechanism of funding for health and social care.
A survey released this month by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has revealed that an alarming number of doctors are experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems, such as depression and anxiety as a result of working under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Yet despite their obvious need for support and advice, the doctors surveyed also said they are unlikely to seek help for fear of discrimination or stigma from colleagues (84%).
The bookmakers have George Galloway in third place for the position of Mayor of London, which is determined by the Supplementary Vote. Neither Sadiq Khan nor Zac Goldsmith stands any realistic chance of winning outright on first preferences. They, and all other Mayoral candidates who want to win, need to start engaging with Galloway's policy proposals.