Jeremy Hunt, the UK Health Secretary, should be deposed for bigotry. It takes an intelligent man to make an election pledge then listen to the arguments. It takes a great man to then see insolvable problems and compromise.
The Conservatives, namely David Cameron and his old friend Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) have as a cornerstone of their beliefs that election promises must be fulfilled. That is a noble premise that we all want, but in the real light of day, there are longer term failings that may sink the NHS in ten years, long after these politicians have gone.
It all goes back to two young MP’s, one David Cameron and Nick Clegg, who were deemed not important enough by a senior Civil Servant to merit more than a shared cubbyhole office. At that moment they vowed to get rid of what they saw as useless Civil Servants when they themselves came into office. And so they did. They cut the safety net to the poor, low incomes and disabled people. Every service to the country had their services cut.
Junior Doctors are the most moral people in the country and unlike these politicians, they can see a consequence that they deem to be dangerous. They are best placed to know, not cowardly politicians who hide behind election pledges and general busyness. This is Jeremy Hunt’s field. Where is he?
Every person in the debate is passionate. Jeremy Hunt, the titular boss of Doctors should compromise. If he is a great man, he will do so. If he wants to compromise and is being muffled by David Cameron, then he should resign. David Cameron is not a dictator; he is an elected Prime Minister. So he has to go along with what most people feel. I, for one, would ask him please to listen more carefully to the Junior Doctors. I was appalled that there has not been a trial. The NHS has always, up to now, trialled any new idea. If it works, it is rolled out everywhere. There, that is a get-out clause for the government.