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Tory MP attacks government for “entirely unreasonable” tactics in junior doctors’ dispute

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1945 (Published 05 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1945
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes and a former GP, has criticised the government for employing “entirely unreasonable” tactics and misrepresenting evidence about seven day working during the ongoing dispute with junior doctors.

Wollaston, who now leads the House of Commons health select committee, also said that the Department of Health should have been firmer in stating to the prime minister that seven day routine services in the NHS will be “unachievable” with the current workforce and financial pressures.

Writing in the Guardian newspaper,1 Wollaston dismissed claims from England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that increasing the number of doctors working at weekends would reduce hospital deaths.

Her intervention exposed the depth of disagreement in the Conservative Party about …

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