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Labour: Jeremy Hunt should 'scrap' doctors' contracts

Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott has said that a 7-day NHS is "impossible", and that Jeremy Hunt should "stop posturing" and scrap the imposition of a new junior doctors contract.

She said: "The crisis in the NHS is deepening, with closures of hospitals and key departments across the country while nearly all waiting times are rising.

"The Government is not properly funding even a 5-day NHS. A 7-day NHS is simply impossible without more resources.

"It is not too late to change course. Jeremy Hunt should stop posturing about imposing a Junior Doctors contract, scrap it, and re-enter talks."

Clinton mocks Trump's visit to meet Mexican President

Hillary Clinton addresses the National Convention of the American Legion. Credit: Reuters/Bryan Woolston

Hillary Clinton has mocked Donald Trump's surprise visit to Mexico.

Mr Trump is travelling south of the border to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto - despite calling Mexicans "rapists" and "murderers", and promising to build a wall along the border.

Speaking at a veterans' event in the key battleground state of Ohio, Mrs Clinton said: "It certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbours for a few hours, and then flying home again - that is not how it works."

BMA will cancel strikes if government stops imposition

The BMA has called on the government to stop the imposition of a new contract Credit: PA

The BMA has said it will call off industrial action if the government agrees to not impose new contracts on junior doctors, as it said it would in July.

Dr Ellen McCourt, chair of the BMA junior doctors' committee, said: "Junior doctors still have serious concerns with the contract, particularly that it will fuel the current workforce crisis, and that it fails to treat all doctors fairly.

"Genuine efforts to resolve the dispute through talks have been met with an unwillingness to engage and, at times, deafening silence from the Secretary of State, leaving junior doctors with no choice but to take further action.

"We have a simple ask of the Government: stop the imposition. If it agrees to do this, junior doctors will call off industrial action.

"We want to resolve this dispute through talks, but in forcing through a contract that junior doctors have rejected and which they don't believe is good for their patients or themselves, the Government has left them with no other choice."

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