He has been more robust than any if his predecessors in challenging NHS failings. Prime Ministers seem to have given up trying to sack him.
Posts Tagged: BMA
Andrew Brown: We must do more for junior doctors. But it should not include giving way to them on pay.
I was previously uncomfortable about the imposition of the contract, but now believe there is little alternative.
Jeremy Hunt: Now the BMA has agreed the Junior Doctors contract, here are the next steps in NHS reform
Our broad programme is aimed at ensuring our healthcare is the safest and highest quality available anywhere.
Young doctors have been wickedly misled by the BMA to break the Hippocratic Oath – although one in five has had the bravery to cross the picket lines.
Jeremy Hunt: The BMA must not be allowed to veto promises made by a democratically elected Government
The last thing we want is a ‘miners moment’ in our NHS, but the doctors’ union is making unreasonable demands.
The union’s leaders have engaged in a dangerous and damaging political crusade, to the detriment of their profession.
The BMA unwisely challenged Ministers to choose between keeping doctors happy or acting to improve patient safety.
They’ve been compared to the miners, who only lost when careful Government planning and irresistible technological change undermined them.
Plus: Schengen should be suspended. The doctors’ strike is a disgrace. A cow is more likely to kill you than a shark. And: Gove could develop into a fine Conservative leader.
Adopting the airlines’ no-fault investigation model is in the best interests of patients, and fits a pattern of minister-led Conservative reform.
Downing Street and Conservative MPs should not abandon this reforming Health Secretary under pressure from the BMA and the unions.
Inflicting added misery and costs isn’t an unfortunate side effect, it’s the explicit intent of the BMA and the tube unions.
Junior doctors must not let their strike be hijacked by those who would prolong it for the sake of bringing down the Government.
Ben Spencer: Junior Doctors’ contracts – we must scrap our 1940s-style approach to employment in the NHS
The nationally-agreed contract has been nothing but trouble since its inception. It caused the last strike in 1975 – and should be consigned to history.
It is vital that both sides get back to the negotiating table, with mediators if necessary, to prevent action which will harm patients.