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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)

  • 92000 + signatures ath the moment.How to make friends and influence people.Are thier 92000 doctors in th uk?

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  • Dear Maureen, as you say "there's never been a better time to be a GP."
    Strange how GPC / RCGP (an inspiration to us foot soldiers..) / BMA are happy for GPs to be kicked to near death for years, one comment against consultants and suddenly there is a snowballing backlash against JH et al.

    Just think where we could be now as GPs if our 'masters' actually thought about saying sod off a few years ago rather than "please we can take some more, go on try we have literally no self respect, go on keep going, more, more, more!!" SO proud to be hung out to dry by all our GP gong chasers.

    at least the public will support the consultants and maybe a few crumbs of support and sympathy might fall our way.

    Anyone thinking of GP run a mile, hospital? you may just have a chance.

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  • 100000 and continuing to go up.Will this pseudodemocratic exercise be recognised and acted on by the ruling elite!

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  • 102,000 and rising. Not a great year if you are called Jeremy.

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  • T Roscoe

    Passed 100,000 just after 5pm. Still going up at more than one a second

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  • Hahahahaha Jeremy Hunt screwed himself by attacking hospital consultants. He doesn't realise that the public sees them in a different light to GPs so his usual propaganda has failed miserably.

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  • Pseudo-democracy- the government has to consider discussing it. The vote opposing HSCA2012 had far more and the idea of discussing it was dismissed.
    Makes for good headlines only.
    With today's news Hunt can bleat that Health doesn't have to deal with the cuts that are imposed upon the Home office, local government etc......

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    Just like a BMA agenda committee decides which emergency motions get debated at the Annual Representative's Meeting, so too does a Parliamentary Petition Committee get to decide whether an e-petition with over 100,000 signatures gets debated or not...

    Sadly it does not mean it is automatically debated...the devil is in the detail/fine print.

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  • at least the message is getting across. How to lose friends and alienate everyone? Why isn't this in all the mass media?

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