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Senior doctors urge public inquiry over Hunt’s claims of excess weekend mortality

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5040 (Published 16 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5040
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A group of prominent doctors and scientists, including Stephen Hawking and Robert Winston, has called on the UK prime minister to set up an independent inquiry into claims made by England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over excess deaths among patients admitted to NHS hospitals at weekends.1

The group, which includes Margaret McCartney, the GP and BMJ columnist, and Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, has written to the Guardian newspaper urging Theresa May to act in the public’s interest and “take immediate …

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