Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, is calling for the resignation of Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, following the imposition on Junior Doctors of a new contract.
Tom Brake has written to Jeremy Hunt outlining his discontent. The contract will require staff to work more unsocial hours for less pay and has been deemed unsafe by doctors. Tom’s letter sites misleading information presented to Parliament and the public. Jeremy Hunt had claimed that Sir David Dalton and twenty NHS CEOs supported the contract, however many of these CEOs have since publicly declared that they are not supportive and their names were used inaccurately.
Tom said, “The misinformation dished out in the House of Commons and to the public is deeply troubling. Instead of addressing the actual safety issues in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt forced an unwanted contract on doctors and then misled the House about its supporters. He is hurting the character and integrity of the NHS, and diminishing the public’s and doctors’ confidence. The Junior Doctor whom I met on Saturday in Wallington, who works at St Helier, was outraged at Jeremy Hunt’s actions. On top of the already challenging conditions in the NHS, with mental health in particular under real pressure, this false information ultimately led me to sign the petition calling for his resignation.”
Tom recently supported the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, Norman Lamb’s call for a cross-party commission to review NHS and care funding. Tom is focused on ensuring a fair deal for both patients and NHS staff.
Tom added, “I am increasingly concerned about the pressure our primary care services are facing. There is a growing demand for services, coupled with a funding settlement which doesn’t keep up, GP out-of-hours services are under incredible strain and cover is very limited in some parts of the country. It is crucial that we find solutions to these fundamental issues. We must come up with a plan that benefits patients and satisfies doctors, so the NHS can continue to provide the best possible care for our families”