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'Doctors will leave the NHS,' Jeremy Hunt warned

A junior doctor has told ITV News "doctors will leave the NHS" after the government announced it would impose new contracts on them.

Dr Reena Aggarwal, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, said she knew of people that were planning not to enter specialist training as a result of the current row.

She added that making the same number of junior doctors work Saturdays and Sundays would "stretch the workforce from Monday to Friday".

Dr Aggarwal also claimed that junior doctors would also have to work more for less, which she said was "not safe for patients".


Corbyn: Imposing contracts 'provocative and damaging'

Jeremy Corbyn said the government was to blame for the impasse on contracts. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has described the decision to impose contracts on junior doctors as "provocative and damaging", and warned that more strikes "now look likely".

Speaking after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's decision was announced in a House of Commons statement, the Labour leader urged him to "go back and negotiate" with the British Medical Association (BMA).

He said if there was further industrial action, "it will be clear that the blame lies with the government, not the doctors".

“This government is reckless with our NHS and is now prepared to put patient care at risk in the service of its self-defeating austerity programme," he added.

Junior doctor: I am unsure if I will sign new contract

A junior doctor has told ITV News he and many colleagues are unsure whether he will sign the new contract being imposed by the government.

Dr Ranj Singh, who works in children's A&E, said he was "still in shock" after Jeremy Hunt announced the move, which followed failed talks with doctors' union the British Medical Association.

"We're going to have to have a long, hard think about this," he said.

Earlier, Dr Singh had warned that the move could lead to "the biggest loss of staff the NHS has ever seen".


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