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Jeremy Hunt’s media meetings revealed

Jeremy Hunt’s media meetings revealed

DontUse, Health, Media, News
Jeremy Hunt had eight meeting with senior media figures between October and December, a period that coincided with escalating industrial action by junior doctors. These media figures included: Fraser Nelson, Editor of The Spectator; Amol Rajan, Editor of The Independent; Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC and Tony Gallagher, Editor of The Sun. Additional meetings are known to have occurred with the editorial teams at BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday and The Daily Mail. Hunt also attended the BBC Proms twice with his wife, courtesy of complementary tickets on both occasions. Hunt's eight media meetings over three months contrast sharply with a total of zero meetings over the previous nine months. The meeting and hospitality were revealed in the latest rele
With changes to contracts, junior doctors are threatening to leave the UK, but what is the consensus?

With changes to contracts, junior doctors are threatening to leave the UK, but what is the consensus?

Health, Medical
As Jeremy Hunt imposes new contracts of employment onto junior doctors, there is talk of many of them leaving the NHS to work overseas. Westminster World investigates the benefits and drawbacks of such a decision. Breathing heavily and slowly, as if through a straw, Josephine doubles over on the bed, fighting for her final few breaths. Uncomfortable and terrified, the 76 year-old squeezes her daughter’s hand as she desperately tries to draw oxygen in through her mask. A young man stands at the bedside, hand on her shoulder, tears rolling off his chiselled jaw. Jack is a junior doctor. It’s 4am and Josephine’s bed is one of more than 60 he is responsible for tonight, along with just one other doctor. Josephine's chronic lung disease has stiffened her lungs and filling them with ox

Tales of exodus: Talk at the junior doctors strike

Health
Junior doctors are currently on the picket line but many could soon be enjoying the Australian sunshine. Dr Mathew Stone is on strike. He is one of around two dozen people stood holding placards in the cold drizzle waving at tooting horns from cars on the adjacent road. The conversation between this small group of doctors skips between two topics: the contract and Australia. As they speak through scarves and hoods, the temperature across the coast of New South Wales creeps over 20°C, there is a 0% chance of rain. Dr Stone has a plane ticket to Sydney leaving in three weeks. Lewisham University Hospital is not an attractive building. Dr Stone’s broad shoulders silhouette its hard industrial edges as the steam dances from his white polystyrene cup. It begins to rain and he reaches in
Junior doctors to go ahead with industrial action

Junior doctors to go ahead with industrial action

Health, News
Junior doctors will be going on strike after the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Department of Health failed to reach an agreement over new contracts. For 24 hours beginning at 0800 on Wednesday 10th February, junior doctors in England will offer emergency care only. Junior doctors in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not be striking. Johann Malawana, head of the BMA Junior Doctor Committee, said: "We made some good progress. But the Government has made clear, yet again, that they are not prepared to address issues our members have made clear are critical to them." The strike on 10 February was originally planned to be a 12-hour walkout from all care - including A&E and other emergency care. Malawana said about the change: "We believe that this balances the