We should all know by now that Hunt’s policies – along with all other policies of the current Conservative Government – are based on ideology, not evidence.
He won’t want to do any trials of his dangerous junior doctor contract because he knows it will fall on its gluteus maximus – and he’s determined to enforce it, no matter what.
A group of cross-party MPs has called on Jeremy Hunt to trial the new junior doctors contract in a small number of trusts in a bid to prevent next week’s all-out strike.
Labour’s Heidi Alexander, Conservative Dr Dan Poulter, Lib Dem Norman Lamb and the SNP’s Dr Philippa Whitford told the Health Secretary in a letter that they want an independent evaluation of the so-called “weekend effect” which sees higher mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends.
The move comes after the Health Secretary announced he would impose the contested contract, whether or not it had the support of the British Medical Association (BMA).
The letter explains that concerns have been raised about the impact of the contract, were it imposed, and said it believed the BMA would not go ahead with next week’s strike if the Government agreed to the proposal.
A BMA source said that if the Government agreed to limited trials of a pilot of the contract, representatives would be prepared to meet them to discuss the possibility of calling off the strike on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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