More than 100,000 people have shared a doctor’s letter online criticising David Cameron’s 7-day NHS plan after Downing Street police refused to pass it on to the Prime Minister.
Doctor Janis Burns wrote the furious letter slamming the government’s latest plans for the NHS, referencing the frequent weekend shifts she and many others work, and how little pay many staff earn for their efforts.
In the witty and thought-provoking letter, 34-year-old Janis throws in a dig at Cameron for his “inflation busting pay rise”, before mocking the government’s apparent opinion that the NHS is not already a 24-hour service.
From low pay to anti-social and gruelling working hours, Burns doesn’t let up in her impressive 1,500 word rant.
Let’s hope Cameron and his Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt see this, because it should give them plenty to think about!
The letter comes as NHS staff have been flooding social media with posts and images under the hashtag #ImInWorkJeremy, pointing out to the Health Secretary how hard they are working.
The barrage of selfies came in response to Hunt’s comments that he was prepared to impose seven-day working on hospital consultants in England, saying there was a “Monday to Friday culture” in parts of the NHS.
— Sebastian Nixon (@sebastiannixon) July 18, 2015
— Jenny Hartley (@dr_jennyhartley) July 18, 2015
— Clovis Rau (@clovisrau) July 18, 2015
— Sarah Moir (@SarahAMoir) July 18, 2015
— Danielle Jade (@daniellejade198) July 18, 2015
— Rachel Clark (@RachAM) July 18, 2015
After the hashtag trended on Twitter on Saturday morning, Hunt responded on his own Twitter account thanking the doctors and nurses for all their hard work.
To drs on shift 2day: thx 4 ur hard work. Now we need 2 reflect that professionalism wth modern contract 2 make NHS safer!#ImInWorkJeremy
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 18, 2015
Probably too little, too late to be honest, Jezza…