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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)

  • it was 39000 at 11pm last night!!!

    - anonymous salaried!

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  • just signed the petition myself and it has crossed 89000 already. but don't think it will make difference. Everybody knows that general practice as we know and we have been practicing is not sustainable and on it's last legs before privatization kicks in. .We would be fools if we don't prepare ourselves

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  • The democratic process has given the current government a mandate to destroy the NHS and Jeremy Hunt is doing exactly what is required of him. He will not be sacked, he will be knighted. Keep signing and sharing. Shout if you've got the time and energy to shout. Let's not be seen by future generations to have surrendered without a fight.

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  • Hunt.......quick, diary, make call to "special friends" at The Daily Mail, promise they will never have to be regulated in return for massive ramping up of campaign against GPs.
    aim...try to smear GPs and link them up to evil dictators world-wide and other criminal groups.
    suggest that it is their Bentleys that have caused global warming and that they are organising a giant asteroid to collide with earth.....try to run in todays Daily Mail on-line.
    thank editor with bottle of Chateau Lafite

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  • Blimey, one consultant achives more in a few hours than the entire BMA and GPC have in the last few years.
    Chaand, how's your CBE reward? Are you keeping it polished?

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  • Vinci Ho

    The forthcoming Mission Impossible movie is named Rogue Nation and is about an Anti-IMF story as Agent Hunt worked for IMF
    Well, we have already an Anti-IMF campaign here.....

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  • Vinci Ho

    Fascinating political circumstances
    If I was Harriet Harman , I would fully exploit this , especially after the revolt within her party yesterday on welfare reform voting . Need some changes in attention and direct attack onto the Tories instead.

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  • I can't see David Cameron bringing this up. But it might give labour some ammunition to question Hunt's credibility and his reforms. If it makes the news, it should curve his attack on NHS.

    So everyone please sign it!

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  • Signed with gusto!

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