Vote of no confidence in Hunt

The British Medical Association, which represents more than 150,000 doctors and medical students, today passed a motion of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the union's annual representative meeting in Edinburgh.

Labour: Hunt should keep quiet on HNS

Criticism of the NHS by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is having a "very, very bad effect" on morale, shadow health minister Lord Hunt of Kings Heath said today:

Hardly a day goes by without the Secretary of State taking the opportunity to attack various aspects of the National Health Service.

This is having a very, very bad effect on morale within the NHS and Mr Hunt should desist. A period of silence from him would be very welcome.

– Lord Hunt

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Hunt: 'Its my job to speak up for patients'

Jeremy Hunt MP, Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt MP, Health Secretary

Jeremy Hunt has responded to the vote of no confidence given to him by the British Medical Association by accusing the union of being "sadly predictable".

"The BMA is the doctor's union and I'm afraid its sadly predictable that when someone speaks out about problems in the NHS they would react like that" he said.

"But what I would say its not just me who want's to improve patient safety on the NHS, every week, it's horrible to say but we operate on the wrong part of someone's body in some part of the NHS".

"I gave a difficult speech about that last week saying we'd got to do better and i think most doctors would support me. I think it's my job to speak up for the patients without fear or favour and that's what I will continue to do".

Doctors feel they 'are blamed for NHS problems'

Dr Paul Flynn the chairman of the BMA Consultants Committee has told ITV News that doctors felt like they were scape goats for "problems which are in the Health Secretary's remit".

Dr Paul Flynn, Chairman of the BMA Consultants Committee
Dr Paul Flynn, Chairman of the BMA Consultants Committee Credit: ITV News

"We are always open to working together we want to form a common ground with the Health Secretary. But if the Health Secretary is blaming doctors for the problems then that is very difficult".

Health Sec 'demands best possible care for patients'

Jeremy Hunt MP, Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt MP, Health Secretary Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health has said the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt "demands the best possible care for patients", after doctors at the annual British Medical Association Conference passed a vote of no confidence in him.

"Following the findings of the Francis Inquiry and other recent reports, it is clear that the culture of the NHS needs to change and it is disappointing that the BMA union still doesn't accept that" she said.

Coalition acts 'against the best interest of patients'

Dr Mark Porter, Chairman of the British Medical Association conference has accused the government of consistently acting "against the best interests of patients", after Doctors approved a vote of no confidence in the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The traditional thing to say is that we should focus on the politics and not personalities. We have policy from 2012 that we have no confidence in the then Secretary of State. I recall sitting out in the audience at that time and being told 'be careful about whom you have confidence in because the guy who follows may not be any better', and of course we've seen exactly that.This present Coalition Government goes out of its way to act against the interests of patients.

– Dr Mark Porter, Chairman of the British Medical Association conference

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Hunt 'ready to blame anyone rather than government'

Delegates at the British Medical Conference have reacted to their vote of no confidence in the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Consultant Jacky Davis told the conference that "Mr Hunt is about as popular as George Osborne at the Olympic medal ceremony".

"Mr Hunt is ready to blame anyone and everyone rather than the government" she continued.

"His new cunning plan is to cut back the service, the staff and then blame the NHS and say it can only be saved by the private sector".

BMA: 'Doctors cannot provide 24 hour service'

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The Chair of the British Medical Association says that claims that doctors can provide a "24 hour a day 365 days a year service are ridiculous".

Dr Mark Porter told delegates that the health service can barely afford its current model, and that plans for doctors to do more would only add to that burden.

"Like many of you I work nights and weekends as well, at times when much of the private sector is fast asleep and ministers are tucked up soundly in their beds" he said.

"We all want urgent care at weekends and evenings to be of the same high standards as patients can expect on weekdays.

"But the calls we sometimes hear for a Tesco NHS, full service, 24/7, are just ridiculous when the health service can barely afford its current model.

NHS 'working well due to doctors' hard work'

The NHS is performing well thanks to hard work of doctors, the health minister has said, after a new poll revealed that more than two thirds of doctors felt "less empowered" since last year.

Dr Dan Poulter said:

The staff working for our NHS are our health service's most precious resource. Doctors are working extremely hard and continue to provide a high quality of care in the face of rising healthcare demands.

It is thanks to this hard work that the NHS is performing well in dealing with the challenge presented by an ageing population with complex healthcare needs.

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