Of course 11,000 people didn’t die because they were admitted at weekends.
The figure was cobbled together to include deaths on Fridays and Mondays.
That was the only way they could top the death rate on Wednesdays.
This man should be congratulated for bringing this information back to the public, after so much time has been wasted on Jeremy Hunt’s lie.
A junior doctor has launched an extraordinary attack on “lying” Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and pledged to “make sure you are safe” during the next wave of strikes on the ongoing NHS row.
On BBC’s Question Time, the unnamed medic tore into the Government’s repeated claim that 11,000 die at weekends on the NHS, and linked the mortality rate to the need for a “seven-day” service.
The doctor’s epic rant came after Tory peer and Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes said he “wouldn’t want my mum to go into hospital when there was a strike on”, and repeated the hotly contested 11,000 deaths figure.
He was shouted down by the Question Time audience in Poole – who protested “it’s not true!” – and columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer, who pointed out most people who come to hospital at the weekend are emergency cases, which was not the case in the week.
They cleared the path for the junior doctor’s attack, which saw him accuse Hunt of “lying”. His brutal take-down is worth repeating in full.
“The stats are wrong.
“I agree with your point, 11,000 people do not die at the weekend. The stats cover Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. They do not die at the weekend.
“If junior doctor staffing at the weekend was a problem, they would be dying at the weekend. They do not. The highest death rate in hospitals is on a Wednesday. You have more doctors on a Wednesday than you do on a Saturday and a Sunday. It is not a ‘weekend effect’.
“It is misrepresented by Mr Hunt. It is misrepresenting and lying, frankly, because when you’re told something is wrong and you continually repeat it, it becomes a lie. He is lying about what is happening in hospitals.
“I am the doctor on call for the next two strikes. I am the surgical registrar, the junior doctor who will be looking after each and every one of you when you come in. I will make sure you are safe. I am the man below the consultant who will operate in you if you are sick. I will be there no-one will be out at risk. I will make sure of it.”
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