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Burnham promises to ask for Hunt no-confidence debate

Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has promised to push for a vote of no confidence in the health secretary Jeremy Hunt in Parliament, following a widely-supported petition.

The online petition has now reached almost 200,000 signatures but the Government’s mandatory response last week did not address the calls for a vote of no confidence in Mr Hunt.

However Mr Burnham, who is one of the frontrunners to be the next Labour Party leader, has promised that he will apply for the House of Commons to schedule the debate when it comes back from summer recess.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Burnham said: ‘On behalf of the 196,000 people who have no confidence in @Jeremy_Hunt, I will apply for debate when [the] House returns.’

It comes as a group of GPs and doctors including Resilient GP’s Dr Zoe Norris and the NHA Party’s Dr Clive Peedell, and supported by new GP pressure group GP Survival, wrote its own response to the Government regarding the petition.

Their letter said the Government’s response, which focused solely on seven-day working, was ‘disappointing’, adding: ‘The response plainly avoids the question at hand, making no mention of Jeremy Hunt or a vote of no confidence. Instead it focuses on seven-day working, assuming incorrectly that this is the signatories’ only concern.’

It added: ‘If seven-day service proposals and some belligerent remarks about doctors were all that had angered NHS professionals, there would be no petition.

‘Jeremy Hunt has a track record of bad decisions, poor policy and failure to engage with professionals. This was the last straw. The NHS sat up, took note and decided enough was enough.’

Readers' comments (17)

  • Took Early Retirement

    PM @9.23- fair point!

    Mind you, it is alleged that Tories are currently joining Labour, (temporarily) in droves so they can vote for the left-wing candidate in the forthcoming election, in the hope it will make the party unelectable.

    I was tempted myself, but not out of negative feelings; rather, I thought how nice it was to find a reasonably honest politician who was prepared to say what he believed in rather than spin everything. (Even though I don't agree with some of what he says.)

    Democracy is a funny thing!

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  • 9:23am you are right it will never happen, but perhaps it is rattling Jeremy's cage (if only a little).

    Burnham really is spent force having messed things up on his own watch. But this is more important than political point scoring, this is about making sure we have an NHS for everyone including our own families.

    I'm not looking to antagonise the current Health Secretary, I want him to stop being a complete tool and actually understand what it is we do and why his words damage rather than help the situation.

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  • "Anonymous | Practice Manager | 28 July 2015 2:41pm
    9:23am you are right it will never happen, but perhaps it is rattling Jeremy's cage (if only a little)."

    I very much doubt it will rattle his cage, and the reason is that there is a breed of politician that thinks that if they have upset a hornets nest they must be doing it right, not wrong, and they think that a fight proves that they are a strong leader who is prepared to take the tough decisions. The louder the shouting against Jeremy Chunt, the more right he will be convinced he is.

    I am not ideologically opposed to what Chunt wants to achieve re rolling back the over-bloated interfering state and dismantling the NHS as a last outpost of the Soviet Union. What I do find unforgiveable is the underhand way he is doing it, lying about his intentions and destroying GP's businesses as a deliberate part of the process. he hasn't the balls to say what end point he wants and show a plan of how to get there in an orderly, civilised manner without ruining people.

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  • No time for any of them. Political opportunism knowing that the debate won't happen and would lose anyway.
    I wouldn't mind working a 7 day week if they only took some of the mindless rubbish away from me. Seeing and treating the patients is the easy bit - the continual changing of forms, appraisal and inspections drives me potty and makes wish for retirement. I work 10 sessions and love my real job but the nonsense is likely to drive me to quit.

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  • ...."when it comes back from summer recess" - oh, the irony.
    Besides which, don't MPs argue that they actually work throughout the long parliamentary breaks and they are not holidays? They certainly don't make allowances for extensive holidays and the lack of need to cover their absences with locums when comparing salaries with those of GPs or anyone else.

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  • Anonymous | Practice Manager | 28 July 2015 2:54pm
    "I am a life-long tory voter and have never hit anyone in my life but I just want to unleash physical violence on him every time I see his smug face." - can I join you?!

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  • "Anonymous | Practice Manager | 28 July 2015 7:05pm
    Anonymous | Practice Manager | 28 July 2015 2:54pm
    "I am a life-long tory voter and have never hit anyone in my life but I just want to unleash physical violence on him every time I see his smug face."
    - can I join you?!"

    Please do, though I suspect we will be in a long queue of likewise normally peaceful people who have been angered and frustrated one step too far!

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