Watch Jeremy Hunt admit he’s lost the fight against junior doctors (VIDEO)

Support us and go ad-free

Jeremy Hunt has declared that the role of Health Secretary is likely to be his “last big job in politics”. The point he was trying to make was that he was determined to push through with his agenda for the NHS. However, his demeanour was that of a man staring at an unexpectedly lengthy retirement.

In recent weeks, Hunt’s strategy for dealing with the junior doctors dispute has been limelight-avoidance. His refusal to engage in talks led to doctors camping out in front of his office while at one point his almost total absence from public view led many to ask: “Where’s Jeremy?” However, someone clearly decided that the first ever all-out strike by junior doctors was a sufficiently important occasion and so Hunt returned to the media studios.

On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, presenter Nick Robinson put Hunt on the spot:

You must have had some long dark nights of the soul. Do you ever look in the mirror and think, ‘I’m now the problem… I’m part of the problem – I need to go for the sake of the NHS’?

Hunt’s response didn’t tackle the resignation question head-on but did suggest he doesn’t intend to stay on the political frontline for the long haul.

“Nick this is likely to be my last big job in politics,” he began. Students of body language may wish to interpret the downward glances and deep breaths that accompanied this statement. It seemed like an admission that Hunt’s career has been damaged beyond repair by his handling of this dispute.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

But Hunt still attempted to make a positive point:

The one thing that would keep me awake is if I didn’t do the right thing to help make the NHS one of the safest, highest quality healthcare systems in the world.

“Do the right thing” is a phrase much beloved by David Cameron, useful politically as it can mean anything and nothing. However, Hunt’s statement of his supposed objective is revealing. He may not realise it but he’s actually describing the NHS as it was around the time he began his tenure as Health Secretary. Across a range of measures, including safety and overall quality, the NHS was found to be the best performing healthcare system among a selection of leading nations.

Healthcare Table-min

So is Hunt unaware of this, or is he acknowledging that so far he has presided over a drastic decline in the condition of the NHS? In which case, would he really be the man for the job of turning it round? Rather than staring, catatonic, at the wreckage of his own career, he should remove himself from the rubble of the NHS before he causes any more damage.

Get involved!

Sign the 38 Degrees petition against Hunt’s damaging contract imposition

Support Keep Our NHS Public

Write to your MP and urge him or her to resist the contract imposition and support a proper publically funded NHS

Support The Canary

 

Featured image via YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed