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I’m a junior doctor and I used to trust the Tories. Not any more

Jeremy Hunt’s reforms will penalise those who make the NHS run out of hours – and put doctors off key specialisms

14 November 2015

9:00 AM

14 November 2015

9:00 AM

Like many of my fellow junior doctors, I trusted a Conservative government with the NHS. If it’s to stay strong and up to date, a health service cannot remain static. It needs not just money but carefully thought-out reform — as well as a strong economy to support it.

Just after the general election, David Cameron laid out the problem as he saw it: a ‘weekend effect’ where a patient admitted to hospital on a Sunday is 16 per cent more likely to die than one admitted on a Wednesday.

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Katia Florman is a junior doctor at a London teaching hospital.

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