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GPs and consultants unite to show health secretary NHS already runs seven-day service

A campaign to show health secretary Jeremy Hunt that the NHS is already running a seven-day service succeeded in its goal to trend on Twitter on the weekend.

An anaesthetic trainee launched the #ImInWorkJeremy campaign in the hope to get doctors, nurses and other NHS staff tweeting the hashtag on Saturday.

The founder of the campaign, who wished to remain anonymous, stressed it had not been launched as a protest against weekend working, but rather to make the point that a large chunk of NHS staff is already hard at work making sure there is a 24/7 service.

It comes after Jeremy Hunt claimed on Thursday that ‘6,000’ people are unnecessarily dying every year because the NHS shuts down on weekends.

But, via Facebook, the campaign stated: ‘Right, so July 18th is a Saturday, and that’s the weekend. You know, the weekend where none of us are working. Except a lot of us are… So, tweet Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_hunt) with the ‪#‎ImInWorkJeremy either with a comment or a selfie…

‘Together, we can get this trending and show Mr Hunt, that we are in fact in work.’

Speaking to Pulse, the trainee doctor behind the campaign said: ‘The campaign would also urge any GPs who are doing out-of-hours to get involved in the campaign, as well as walk-in centre doctors and practitioners.’

The founder said that although increasing the number of doctors on the weekend may mean more patients could be discharged, they would still be hampered by things like a lack of physiotherapists, pharmacy closing times and other parts of the supporting structure not running a 24/7 service.

They said: ‘This is not an attack on other specialities, it’s an attack on Mr Hunt’s expectation that we as doctors can just wave wands and make things happen.’

Readers' comments (13)

  • i don't see the point?

    he knows a lot of us work weekends - why should he care ? he is a politician and has an agenda to sell to the public and has done so brilliantly. he has out thought the BMA and professional bodies and has the public believing we don't work weekends and during the week we are at the golf course and drive Bentley's only popping in to the surgery to sign antibiotic scripts then back out again. They also believe we all earn 6 figure salaries and get away with too much. He has the support of the public and the media - in short a brilliant politician. We should be tweeting the BMA and asking what are their plans and why do they have an inability to provide any credible opposition or plans to the government. I would happily vote to leave the NHS aka Dental Colleagues.

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  • Do you really think this idiot will be checking his tweats this weekend.I dont.

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  • I think the fact that the press are picking up on this is positive and I think does highlight that the light in which JH is trying to paint consultants (and GP) is not the case and grossly unfair.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Well done, lads. I think it is important that you guys made a voice. The issue agent Hunt brought along is not just so called consultants working on weekends or not. Typically ,the spinning pointed a finger to your currently existing on call system that the way you guys conducting the weekends with senior cover ,had actually 'killed' 6000 people every year. Do you feel you have been insulted when resources had already been cut so much? Despicable agent H!
    The actual explanation of this extra deaths has not been identified . (at least BBC health news agreed to this). My question to agent Hunt is can you guarantee that this mortality rate would be rectified by the way you would conduct the so called 7 days NHS and would definitely NOT make it worse instead?
    Otherwise if even more people died, I suggest you should do what samurai in feudal Japan would do when they failed and dishonoured their emperor and country.

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  • This is the path to privatisation.
    First crumble the existing model.

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  • Of course there is a point. He has clearly said something which the press have realized is untrue!

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  • 5.7m tweets says there is a point.
    Every major news outlet (print & TV) has covered it.

    The BMA survey shows the public don't believe we can afford it, so raise the game. If he wants a war, take it to him with the largest workforce in the world, and the outrage of the most trusted proffesison in the country. This is how we'll win - harness public distrust of the politicians on the three major issues with the NHS - can it work, can we afford it and who will benefit from it?

    In any conflict there is a single key question people need the answer to 'whose side are you on'. Mr Hunt is making clear he is on the side of big American health conglomerates - we must show we are on the side of the British People, the sick, the dying and the poor. This is about NHS survival.

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  • His response was reflected back to the profession, as always.

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  • 1- NHS costing too much
    2- Expectations reaching Pluto
    3- Too many patients and non-patients taking the p%ss

    Saint maybe???

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  • 1. NHS still one of most efficient in developed world by cost per capita and by % GDP
    2. That's your perception - mine is an increase in folk not getting right treatment right time due to reduction of sister services eg adult soc care, mental health etc.
    Changes to how pt's reach A&E are the reason for A&E issues, not the patients. Media of course highlight the usual suspects until they seem like the norm.
    3. as above

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