Dr Clive Peedell challenges NHS Providers and NHS Confederation: after the Jeremy Hunt debacle, who does support the contract imposition on Junior Doctors?
The Junior Doctors’ legal action has highlighted that the Secretary of State for Health gave away responsibility for the NHS as a whole with the creation of the Health & Social Care Act (2012).
NHS England, NHS Confederation and NHS Providers have publicly stated that they supported the decision by the Secretary of State for Health to impose the contract. As the Health Secretary is maintaining his position that he hasn’t done a ‘U-turn’, the question remains: who does still support the contract imposition?
On 15th February the National Health Action Party published a letter written by Dr Clive Peedell and signed by over a thousand doctors, nurses, academics and campaigners, calling on the CEOs of NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation, Chris Hopson and Rob Webster as follows:
“We the undersigned call on you to clarify your position on the imposition of the junior doctor contract. Your organisations, NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation represent the vast majority of NHS organisations within the NHS family. You were both supporters of Sir David Dalton's letter to the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, on the 10th of February.”
Dr Peedell says “In the light of the junior doctors’ legal action it is of the utmost importance that Chris Hopson and Ray Webster make their position clear as to where they stand now. We know of 14 of the CEOs originally stated to be in support of David Dalton’s letter withdrew. I ask again for clarity on their position on the contract imposition.”