Doctors in Unite, part of Britain’s largest union, Unite, warned doctors would be incensed by prime minister Theresa May’s threat to cut funding if they failed to open seven days a week.
Warning ministers over patient safety, Doctors in Unite chair Dr David Wrigley said: “GPs working flat out are incensed to hear the prime minister demand they open their surgeries seven days a week or see a cut in funding. We already know GPs work 12 to 14 hour days and admit they are struggling to provide safe care five days a week.
“We have one of the lowest numbers of doctors per head of population in Europe and now the prime minister is asking GPs to work longer hours and practice unsafely with their patients.
“This government appears to have no desire to support doctors or the NHS. It merely wants to deflect blame from its gross incompetence in its handling and defunding of the NHS which is leaving it teetering on the edge of collapse.
“We would urge the government to work with doctors rather than seeking to use them scapegoats to mask the failures of ministers.”
For further information please call Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 07967 665 869 or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.