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Petition for Hunt's removal as health secretary surpasses 100,000 signatures

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt in just 24 hours.

The petition launched via, started yesterday and quickly surpassed the 10,000 signature target at which the Government must issue a response. This afternoon it has reached the 100,000 required to be considered for debate in Parliament, having attracted more than one signature per second.

Launched by north London-based consultant in internal medicine Dr Ash Sadighi, it accuses Mr Hunt of ‘alienating the entire workforce of the NHS by threatening to impose a harsh contract and conditions on first consultants and soon the rest of the NHS staff’.

A separate petition launched via on Sunday calling on Mr Hunt to resign, or Prime Minister David Cameron to remove him from his post, has received over 90,000 signatures.

Both petitions were launched by consultants angered by Mr Hunt’s speech at the King’s Fund last week, in which he threatened to impose his terms for the new junior doctor contract and accused the BMA for being out of touch with its members, claiming he had ‘yet to meet’ a doctor not in favour of weekend working.

They follow the success of the #ImInWorkJeremy Twitter campaign to trend over the weekend, uniting GPs and hospital doctors in letting Mr Hunt know they were already keeping a seven-day NHS running.

Meanwhile, geriatric consultant Dr Dan Furmedge, who launched the petition, also said Mr Hunt’s speech had been ‘the last straw’.

His petition read: ‘In essentially calling doctors lazy and suggesting they need “a sense of vocation” he has offended the whole NHS workforce and demonstrated how little regard he has for us and how little he understands what we do.’

Readers' comments (62)

  • The man seems to have all the charm and empathy of a swinging brick. He may not even bat an eyelid and wear it as a badge of honour.

    HOWEVER, this could be the beginnings of a 'peasant revolt'. If the likes of this and other campaigns gather momentum and with a slender majority the warm glow of election victory gives way to a fear of losing one's tory seat and getting wiped out at the next election...

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  • This resignation campaign is important..It may not work immediately as we saw the anti Iraq War protest didn't.Things do come round as we have seen.This government and PM will not have the nerve to push through a coporate privatisation of the NHS. All health professionals need to reject the USA overspending high admin process. Millions are squandered on management consultants who then create structures that lead to more fat fees for more management consultancy.What serious career achievements have Cameron,Lansley and Hunt demonstrated?. Cake stall incompetents; they need to meet implacable vocational professional resistance.A free NHS is not a viable vehicle for a profit driven takeover.

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  • >158000 signatures. that should tell JH something!

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  • Well Done Dr A.Sadighi.

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  • Dear Pulse editor,

    Can you let the so called 2nd largest media which survives on TV licence money paid by the general public and also other international media know this is happening . Thanks

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  • @ 6.59pm

    The BBC knows what's going on. Its just bricking it as the tories are going after them as well and the BBC doesn't have the balls.

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  • I have yet to see anything about this, apart from in the Guardian.
    Is Pulse/BMA talking to the BBC?
    If they are being ignored should we do something at patient level?

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  • "Australia offers free weekends to lure NHS consultants"

    Politicians seriously out of their depth. The problem with the soviet NHS health system is that it doesn't look after its skilled workers. There is a global market for their skills which are in demand. The NHS is not offering them anything like their market value in terms of wages and conditions. People have choices. They have had enough abuse. They are leaving.

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  • An OOH strike is not a bad idea . If Jezza points the finger he will have to admit that we're working at weekends already.

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  • If BBC won't highlight petition contact sky / ITV this needs publishing from every quarter and on all social media outlets - the man's comments should be justly rewarded by ousting him

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