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.
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".
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.
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
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.