Jeremy Hunt really does have a nerve. He has admitted the strike has made this “a bleak day” for the health service but still won’t accept that he is responsible and should take the blame.
Opposition MPs should be demanding his resignation – not only for this failure but for all the others since he became health secretary. Have you seen the meteoric rise in the GP vacancy rate, in England, since he took over? Here:
The first all-out doctors’ strike in the history of he NHS has begun in England with ministers admitting it is a “bleak day” for the health service.
But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt again reiterated that the government would not back down and halt the imposition of the new contract.
Junior doctors walked out of routine and emergency care at 08:00 BST.
It is the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been affected in the dispute.
NHS bosses believe plans are in place to ensure safety, but say the situation will be monitored closely during the stoppage which ends at 17:00 BST.
Further all-out strike action is due to take place on Wednesday, between the same hours.
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