Junior doctor takes down Jeremy Hunt over his 11,000 weekend NHS deaths lie

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.

We were told this fact months ago.

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.”

Source: BBC Question Time: A Junior Doctor Has Taken Down Jeremy Hunt Over His 11,000 Weekend NHS Deaths Claim

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6 thoughts on “Junior doctor takes down Jeremy Hunt over his 11,000 weekend NHS deaths lie

  1. Barry

    Says it all the Doctor is ensuring safety whilst the man who gets paid to ensure the NHS works is lying about it.

  2. Robert Fillies

    Good for this Doctor, dispelling the myth being being sold to the public by the health secretary.

  3. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    I am sure I am only just one out of many hundreds of thousands of electors who don’t like politicians who either lie or can’t get their facts straight.

    It is time it stopped and we elected a government which will manage our country for the benefit of all (both rich and poor) rather than just the rich and one which will have compassion for those who are so very much less fortunate than so many born with golden spoons in their mouths.

  4. Dez

    An honest citizen who knows the facts and operates in the real front line not some poncy office desk creating more lies and fictions to feed to the plebs. Once again let down by the cosy press who just keep adding value to the politicians’ lies instead of challenging them and holding Cons to full account for their misleading the UK instead of producing the Camorons data transparency pledge ….. another liar.

  5. shaun

    It’s time we had newsprint and TV news services that made it too politically damaging for ministers to attempt such shameful acts. As I’m sure you all know what we have is a newsprint sector that actively assist ministers in spreading lies and half-truths; as long as it supports their owners’ own political view point. Then there’s the BBC cowed by the threat of extinction acting as it an extension of Tory party HQ.

  6. David Woods

    If I may be so bold; Is it not time we had MP’s in Parliament 7 days a week?
    It can be statiscally proven that matters of state occur more at weekends then any other time when ministers are at home and not in work! Vital time is lost as they return to Parliament, time where people die because no one is available to take action – it’s not like they paid enough for a 7 day week already, so wages don’t need to be increased.

    The summer recess can also be reduced by at least 50% air pollution hasn’t been that bad since the Middle Ages.

    They are simply taking the population for fools, and if they don’t believe their job is worthy of 7 day weeks they know what they can do! The Country won’t miss them.

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