If anybody needed proof of the contempt in which Jeremy Hunt and the Conservative Government hold NHS doctors, consider this:
They cancelled a meeting which many doctors had made arrangements to attend, with just a few hours notice – meaning those doctors would have arrived, possibly after many hours’ travel at their own expense, to find they had wasted their journey.
Not only that, but they would have also wasted a day at which they could have been at work, because Jeremy Hunt had made a last-minute decision. He could have made it days before, and saved everybody involved a lot of time, effort and money.
Clearly, inconveniencing a large number of doctors – both financially and professionally – is of no interest to this Health Secretary.
Doesn’t that send out the clearest message of all?
An ‘open meeting’ about the 7-day NHS has been cancelled with just a few hours’ notice after 5,000 medics planned a protest outside.
Health service chiefs planned the meeting to address changes that will see junior doctors paid the same rate for 9.30pm on a Saturday as 9am on a Monday .
But nearly 5,000 medics signed up to picket outside the meeting with banners and placards to make their voices heard.
NHS Employers confirmed it was postponing the meeting just five hours before it was due to take place.
Chiefs insisted delaying the meeting at Westminster Central Hall in London – along with others across the country – had nothing to do with the mass protest.
They said it was because Jeremy Hunt has written to the junior doctors’ representative in the British Medical Association union for further talks.
But doctors on social media claimed the move could be a sign the NHS is backing down in the face of nationwide pressure.
And they planned to go ahead with the protest anyway, writing on Facebook : “We must show them a united front.
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