PROTESTERS will gather at the Department of Health on Thursday calling for NHS crisis-denier Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to quit.
The emergency rally, announced jointly by the People’s Assembly, the Junior Doctors Alliance and Health Campaigns Together yesterday, comes after the Red Cross declared a “humanitarian crisis” within the health service.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday, Mr Hunt denied the assessment made by the aid charity, which usually responds to major disasters and conflicts.
He told presenters: “This is the most difficult time for the NHS in the year. It always is very difficult after the Christmas period when GP surgeries are not open over the actual days of Christmas and then they reopen and a lot of people get sent to hospital.”
He urged the public to only attend A&Es if absolutely vital. Mr Hunt said: “This is always the busiest week, but we need to work with the public to understand that accident and emergency departments are there for what it says on the tin: for accidents and emergencies.”
But People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn sent a blunt message to Mr Hunt: “Stop burying your head in the sand. When every member of staff is telling you that there is a crisis, and when the British Red Cross is telling you that there is a humanitarian crisis, it is clear that there are serious problems.
“It is clear that this government is not to be trusted with our NHS, and if this continues we could see the end of the health service as we know it. Hunt must go.”
The demonstration will meet at 6pm outside the Department of Health office in Whitehall.
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