By Euro Weekly News Media • 20 July 2015 • 15:48
Health Minister Jeremy Hunt
ANGRY British NHS professionals have taken to social media to protest Health Minister Jeremy Hunt’s call for compulsory weekend working. As part of a series of proposed changes to Health Service organisation, Hunt has set off on a collision course with the doctors’ union the BMA by demanding enforced seven-day contracts for consultants.Currently, only consultants in A&E departments must accept weekend hours as part of their contract, with others able to opt out of Saturday and Sunday shifts.But over the weekend, doctors, who said that Hunt’s comments on the issues had portrayed them as “lazy” and “money-grabbing,” tweeted and posted pictures of themselves with the hashtag #ImInWorkJeremy.On Monday (July 20) the organisers of the social media campaign released a statement explaining their aims: “It was a light-hearted attempt to raise the morale of NHS staff, who have to listen to the claims of the Secretary of State for Health that weekend services don’t have a consultant presence…“The second aim was to show to the public not to be alarmed by the claims of Mr. Hunt. Consultants are present at weekends, and we have the photo evidence!”
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