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#GPnews: Hunt forced to cancel drinks event as junior doctors snapped up tickets

16:20 Comment of the day is from our story on practices boycotting the record transferring scheme. One GP wrote: ’We have two practices within our centre and the courier only picked up one package - We have a big turnover so this does not bode well going forward for us.

’Also seems we are now expected to add donors to our patient records, hope we get this right. And forward on redirection of hospital letters and correspondence. Where am I expected to find the additional admin resouce?

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16:00 It has also emerged that Jeremy Hunt was forced to cancel a ‘wine and nibbles’ event this evening with Tory party activists, after reports junior doctors might attend and ask him questions about their new contract, the Independent reports

Mr Hunt had to cancel the party fundraiser after news that the event’s open invitation began to do the rounds on social media. 

Junior doctors and their supporters, who claim that Mr Hunt had avoided speaking to them directly before he decided to impose the contract, apparently said it would be worthwhile buying tickets to the evening and quizzing him on the details of his junior doctor policy. 

15:30 The latest leader to distance themselves from Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose a contract on junior doctors is… Lord Voldemort. He-who-must-not-be-named (but, er, just was) has said that Hunt’s actions were ’too evil’. That was according to Huffington Post, we hasten to add.

14:20 Older people can expect to live longer than they ever have before. A Public Health England report has show men can now expect to live for a further 19 years at age 65, 12 years at 75, 6 years at 85 and 3 years at 95. Women can expect to live for a further 21 years at age 65, 13 years at 75, 7 years at 85, and 3 years at 95.

Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at PHE said: ’Overall the report presents a positive picture nationally and life expectancy is the highest it’s been since we started measuring.

’People in England are living longer than ever and that makes achieving a good quality of life in later years even more important. Our current evidence shows that people are living longer but many are doing so in poor health.

’This report is an opportunity to remind people that, even during mid-life, it is not too late to improve your health. Most of us could make changes today, like stopping smoking, being more active or eating better, that would allow us to look forward to healthier later years.’

10:55 Jeremy Hunt speaks! Ok, it’s about car parking spaces at his local train station, but it is useful to know. You might have thought he had other things on his mind.

10:20 An - admittedly highly unscientific - twitter poll shows the level of anger among junior doctors. Asked where they see themselves in August following the contract imposition, only 14% of 1,115 respondents said working in the NHS in England. 

A third (33%)  said working in Wales or Scotland - where there will be no imposition - 27% said working abroad, and 26% said an alternative career.

This should, of course, be taken with a massive pinch of salt, as it is open to anyone, but it does reflect how demoralised junior doctors are currently feeling,

9:20 The health news headlines continue to be dominated by the contract imposition. Today, both the Mirror and the Guardian carry reports that half of the NHS trust chief executives who health secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed support the imposition denied this.

A letter from chief negotiator Sir David Dalton called on the Government to do ’whatever it deems necessary’to create certainty, and was signed by 20 chief executives.

But ten of them have since denied this.

The fallout from Mr Hunt’s decision yesterday is set to continue.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • A$$coveritis.

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  • If you sup with the devil you need a long spoon

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  • Slippery as eels....sign first and then deny when becomes public and hits the fan. Would like the names of those who signed and those who are now denying. Is this info only obtainable through FOI. I think we have to know the names of Chief Execs supporting JH to know the enemy within !

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  • so as before the initial letter from dalton went to the doh who wanted it "sexed up" - when will they realise that all this spinning and briefing against and misinformation just entrenches positions and totally dissolves trust - i cannot think of a political issue in the last 30 years that has been handled so dishonestly (apart from blair's dodgy dossier i suppose)

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  • I could be wrong, but suspect that Hunt will be surprised by how many doctors just say no thanks.
    If I were young again I would go travelling or take a year out to see if things improved. If slightly older I would relocate to Wales, Scotland, abroad or change to research, pharmaceutical company or other option.
    He seems to think that 43% of doctors turned up for work on Wednesday because they disagreed with the strike. Statistics and science are not his strong point. He is wrong!

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  • Junior doctors should have a campaign 'to find Jeremy Hunt's open door'.
    He went public to make this offer that his door was open for discussion but has not fulfilled his promise.

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  • So obviously the open door to speak to JH and the government was not refering to the door where the cocktail party was being held... so lets find this mythical door which doctors and the BMA have to enter to be able to discuss these issues with Jeremy?
    Perhaps someone should follow him around so we could see whether a magical door opens up from hyperspace through which junior doctors could enter to discuss issues with him.
    Talking to juniors, but worse still being filmed talking to junior doctors is the thing he most fears.

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  • PULSE UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT THE END OF THIS STORY!!!

    THE EVENT WAS NOT CANCELLED BUT SECRETLY MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION AND ANYBODY IN ATTENDANCE HAD TO PROVE THEY WERE NOT DOCTORS!!!


    THAT'S RIGHT DOCTORS WERE BANNED FROM THIS EVENT AND ANYONE WITH TICKETS WAS CHECKED OUT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE NOT MEDICS!!!!

    Check out the link to the following story.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/14/junior-doctors-jeremy-hunt-conservatives-event-fareham?


    Tory activists have prevented doctors from attending a social evening with Jeremy hunt. People who were in attendance were only allowed to be present if they could convince others that those with them were not doctors.

    Pure lies and fascism.

    This is what you are dealing with and you still think you have a future in the uk???


    Doctors are pariahs and will not be listened to.

    I have never seen anything so cunning and manipulative. The evening had allegedly been cancelled and then quietly moved to another location instead by some of the people that represent the party you are dealing with.



    DONT WAIT TO DEAL WITH THESE PEOPLE AT THE NEXT ELECTION AND BALLOT BOX. VOTE WITH YOUR FEET COMRADES

    DITCH THE COUNTRY COMRADES!!!

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