Jeremy Hunt says that the junior doctors are misled; that weekend survival rates are lower than weekday and that stroke treatment is less available, and that extending junior doctors’ working weeks will improve the situation. He says that without inflating the budget or employing more doctors there can be more staff on at the weekend and it won’t mean lower pay or longer hours.
The doctors disagree with him on every point.
Both sides want us to believe and you have to expect that there will be an element of PR and spin – so it boils down to who do you trust most to be telling the truth?
Jeremy? Or the doctors?