Mr Hunt recently gave totally inappropriate advice to Google conditions before seeking medical opinion. He referred to Paramedics as Ambulance Drivers and has caused the first Doctors strike in years of the NHS. Mr Hunt is destroying all staff morale in the NHS and will cause recruitment issues.
Jeremy Hunt’s approval rating is now lower than Andrew Lansley’s – and most British people say the government is wrong to impose a new contract
After the most serious period of industrial action in the healthcare profession since the 1970s Jeremy Hunt finally drew the curtain on negotiations with the British Medical Association this week, imposing a disputed contract on junior doctors against their will and raising the prospect of further strikes, refusals and resignations. The Health Secretary offered a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer on Wednesday – a deal the government insists was fair and included a rise in basic pay of 13.5% – however the junior doctors’ union refused to accept cuts to premium rates of pay on Saturdays and the removal of guaranteed pay increases over time.
When Hunt’s predecessor Andrew Lansley published plans to replace Primary Care Trusts with consortia managed by GPs he received a vote of no confidence by the Royal College or Nursing in April 2011, and off the back of suggested cuts to public sector pensions the BMA called for him to resign.
Mr Lansley lost his job in 2012, but his replacement now has a lower approval rating (17% say he is doing well, 65% badly) than Lansley did in July 2011 (18% well, 52% badly). Jeremy Hunt’s approval has suffered a 17 point fall since we last asked the question (21% well, 52% badly in August 2013).