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Reward for failure – 30: Jeremy Hunt

0223a RH 151271128, Byline: Rosie Hallam, Downloaded: 2012/09/04 10:19:00+0100, Shot: 2012/09/04 10:11:55+0100 LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Jeremy Hunt arrives at 10 Downing Street on the day Prime Minister David Cameron announces a government reshuffle. On September 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Rosie Hallam/Getty Images)

A concerned reader sends this link to a junior doctor’s blog – summarised:

There’s been enough of heated opinion lately- so let’s just serve cold hard facts.

Hunt’s plan to replace foreign doctors with ‘homegrown’ talent is as laughable as it is xenophobic. We are already in the midst of a workforce crisis:

  • applications to medical school dropped 13.5% in the last 5 years,
  • increasing numbers of junior doctors are leaving training and the country,
  • the existing doctor workforce increasingly cover the work of two or more doctors
  • 7 in 10 doctors work in departments where at least one doctor is missing,
  • 2/5 of consultant posts are unfilled,
  • 96% of doctors work in wards with nurse shortages.
  • Health Education England, the body that funds training of so-called ‘homegrown’ talent, has had its budget slashed by £1 billion next year
  • Around 25% of the doctor workforce are non-UK, and 10-15% of all NHS staff.

We are well below the European average in hospital beds per person and doctors per person in the NHS as we are – yet Jeremy Hunt plans to push away up to a quarter of the workforce and cut the training budget.

He has no plans to actually address the drop in ‘homegrown’ talent already, a direct repercussion of Hunt’s own morale plummeting war against the profession and yet Theresa May claims that this year was one of the most successful yet for the NHS.