Labour's shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander is expected to call on Jeremy Hunt to "stop the high-handed demands" on junior doctors at a rally against proposed contract changes.
She will say:
It’s wrong that this Government is OK with the idea of paying some junior doctors less to do the work they do now. They’re wrong to want to remove the safeguards which prevent junior doctors from having to work excessive and exhausting hours. And they’re wrong to punish staff for their own financial mismanagement of the NHS. Nobody wants to see industrial action but nobody wants junior doctors too exhausted to provide safe patient care either.
I have a simple message for Jeremy Hunt today. Stop the high-handed demands, show you are prepared to compromise and put patient safety ahead of politics. The ball is in his court. He needs to listen to junior doctors and he needs to recognise public concern.
Protesters chanted "Hunt must go" and "Not safe, not fair, Jeremy Hunt doesn't care" as they made their marched to Parliament Square.
Junior doctors have taken to the streets to protest against proposed changes to their contracts.
Health Secretary says he is 'disappointed' at the misrepresentation of government plans ahead of a protest by junior doctors today.