Hunt was responding to junior doctors’ resounding rejection of the contract. Despite the British Medical Association (BMA) not calling for rejection, 58 percent voted against on a 68 percent turnout.
Dr Ellen McCourt previously warned 'we are in it for the long haul' after doctors this week rejected new deal by 58 per cent. The contract will mean junior doctors are paid less for unsociable hours and would put lives at risk because of increased workloads and stress.
In response to the rejection vote Hunt said, "We've been left in no man's land that, if it continues, can only damage the NHS.”
But he does not want to save the NHS and has previously published a roadmap about how to privatise the health service.
“Hunt doesn’t want a contract that’s best for patients, doctors or the NHS,” said Megan Parsons, a junior doctor in Manchester. “If he did, he would be consulting us.”
Dr McCourt has previously warned:“We are in for the long haul.
“We will continue to take industrial action as the concerns over patient safety doesn’t change and we will not be swayed on that.”
There have been six strikes so far, disrupting treatment of hundreds of thousands of patients.
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