Doctors are compiling a dossier of patients whose health they say has been endangered because the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has misled the public into thinking that hospitals do not provide 24/7 care.

They claim to have details of at least 14 cases in which patients who needed urgent medical attention delayed going to see a doctor at the weekend because statements by the health secretary made them believe the care would be inadequate due to a lack of senior medics on duty.

In one case a cancer patient in London was left paralysed after failing to attend emergency services last weekend because he believed government rhetoric about doctors not working anti-social hours. He finally sought help on Monday, they say.

The doctors behind the dossier said such cases are the result of what they called “the Hunt effect”, namely that some patients are holding off seeking treatment at a weekend – including women who are about to give birth – because they think they will not be well cared for or even die as a result.

Source: The Hunt file: doctors’ dossier of patients ‘put at risk’ by health secretary | Global | The Guardian

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