Jeremy Hunt has junior doctors on the rack, says Dr Rosena Allin-Khan [Cartoon: Mirror Online].

Jeremy Hunt has junior doctors on the rack, says Dr Rosena Allin-Khan [Cartoon: Mirror Online].

Jeremy Hunt recently charged a group of junior doctors £150,000 to take him to court over the ­increasingly bitter contracts dispute.

This junior doctor, now an MP, can’t be charged, won’t be silenced and is determined to speak out and spread the word.

As an A&E doctor at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, I, like many others, left my young children to work nights and ­weekends. My department operated seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Despite claims to the contrary, the Tories never had the best ­interests of patients or doctors at heart.

Their seven-day week proposals were based on a false premise and flawed from the beginning. Recently leaked evidence actually shows them to be potentially dangerous.

I know hospital doctors who have finished long night shifts and gone straight on to the next day shift, simply because of staff shortages.

How is this safe for patients? Who would want an exhausted doctor treating their loved ones?

That’s how mistakes happen. The new contract removes the safeguards put in place to protect us all.

Source: Jeremy Hunt is putting junior doctors on the rack – his 7-day contract is dangerous – Dr Rosena Allin-Khan – Mirror Online

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