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Health department beefed up Keogh strike letter, says Independent

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i130 (Published 08 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i130
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

The Department of Health for England strengthened a letter sent by the medical director of NHS England to the BMA that questioned whether striking doctors would respond in the event of a terrorist attack, the Independent newspaper has claimed.

The newspaper said that it had seen leaked emails showing that a letter sent by Bruce Keogh went through various revisions “to ensure concerns about the possible impact of a major incident during the strike were made as ‘hard-edged’ as possible.”1 It also claimed that the letter’s specific reference to terrorist attacks in Paris “may have been added …

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