When Tories come back from industrial disputes and say there are lessons to be learned, they mean just one thing:
They regret any compromises and intend to impose their will more successfully next time.
Jeremy Hunt has said he has “lessons to learn” from his protracted dispute with junior doctors over plans to overhaul their contracts and reorganise NHS services.
The health secretary’s comments came a day after he emerged from talks with the British Medical Association with a new deal which they hoped would end the row, which has led to eight days of unprecedented strike action by doctors.
Speaking on the Today programme on Radio 4, Hunt insisted the government had secured its “red lines” for delivering its commitment to a seven-day health service by driving down the cost of employing doctors over the weekend.
But he added: “I don’t think you can go through what we have been through for the last 10 months and say that everyone hasn’t got lessons to learn, including the health secretary.
“What I do say is we have come to appreciate that there was a lot of anger, a lot of frustration felt by junior doctors about things that extended well beyond their contract.”
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