MPs to debate Hunt's threat to impose seven-day NHS services

MPs will debate a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in the health secretary on Monday.

Jeremy Hunt: debate over vote of no confidence (Photo: JH Lancy)
Jeremy Hunt: debate over vote of no confidence (Photo: JH Lancy)

The demand, signed by over 200,000 people, was initiated by doctors in response to Jeremy Hunt’s threat to impose seven-day working on hospital consultants.

In July Mr Hunt sparked fury among health workers when he said he would not allow doctors to be a ‘roadblock’ to a seven-day NHS and threatened to impose a new contract on consultants.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said Mr Hunt’s comments would ‘sound the alarm bells’ for GPs who fear they will be next in line.

The petition, initiated by Dr Ash Sadighi, read: 'To debate a vote of no confidence in health secretary the Right Hon Jeremy Hunt: Jeremy Hunt has alienated the entire workforce of the NHS by threatening to impose a harsh contract and conditions on first consultants and soon the rest of the NHS staff.'

Seven-day NHS service

A government response said patients admitted to hospital on a weekend have a 16% greater chance of dying. 'The government wants to change this so that everyone can be confident that they will receive the same level of care whatever day of the week they are admitted,' it said. 

A similar petition calling for Mr Hunt’s removal as health secretary has been signed by over 100,000 people on change.org

MPs will debate ‘that this House has considered the e-petition relating to contracts and conditions in the NHS' at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall, but will not be asked to vote after the debate.

The Unite union, which represents 100,000 health workers including GP members of the Medical Practitioners Union, called on MPs to back the no confidence petition ahead of today's debate.

Mr Hunt is due to appear before the health select committee on Tuesday where MPs will be hearing evidence on his work as secretary of state.

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