02_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,218

Friday 02 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is long overdue that Jeremy Hunt, that well known typing error and minister in charge of dismantling our NHS, was placed in the stocks and exposed to the public ridicule and retribution he so richly deserves.

As an object lesson I would like to see the reaction if MPs were contracted to work six days a week, Monday to Saturday, working shifts between 7am until 10pm on standard pay in parliament with only a 20 minute break in their working day. The tantrums would raise the roof. Mark Simmonds resigned as an MP last year claiming that his £120,000 salary wasn’t enough to live on, despite being able to claim £27,875 expenses towards renting a home closer to parliament, which alone is £5,239 more than the starting salary of a junior doctor.

We’ve seen the legal profession taking to the streets in protest and now junior doctors in your dismal dismantling of Britain.

Earlier this year I had a life saving operation at 3.30am thanks to the dedicated staff of my local hospital. They deserve every incentive and reward for the work they do but Hunt chooses to penalise them and make tough, demanding, jobs even harder.

If Hunt had any good intentions towards our NHS he would have arranged to implement his policies over time ensuring that training and staff could match the changes without adding more stress and increasing difficulties on staff already under pressure. Instead, as it says in the book he co-authored, ‘Direct Democracy’, he is hell bent on de-nationalising (privatising) our NHS and, indeed, advocates an American style insurance scheme. Ever since he got his filthy hands on our NHS he has worked tirelessly to destabilise it and undermine it, all done with the appalling dishonesty we expect from the Tories.

Hunt shows no desire to serve the people of this country, but those with a vested interest in the privatisation of our NHS, including fellow Tory MPs. He (and Andrew Lansley) is the proof in the pudding of your lie to the nation before the 2010 general election that there would be ‘no more top-down reorganisations of the NHS’. Another of your 2010 pre-election promises was that you would ‘cut the deficit, not the NHS’, £20 billion in cuts soon put the lie to that.

This attack on junior doctors will see many leave if it is implemented and will act as a deterrent for many who might otherwise have chosen to pursue such a career. If people are going to be saddled with huge debts of up to £70,000 for training with no worthwhile job at the end of it, why would they bother? What you are doing to our NHS is a national disgrace and the vilest treachery.