Having completed a 14-and-a-half hour shift, NHS nurse Jacqui Berry delivered a powerful attack on health minister Jeremy Hunt, who’s none too popular with many NHS workers at the moment. Earlier this month Mr Hunt said doctors should ‘get real’ about weekend working, and said senior staff are not doing enough weekend shifts.
— Jacqui Berry (@jacqui_berry) July 27, 2015
— Sumitra Lahiri (@mitlahiri) July 24, 2015
For NHS workers this was the final straw and they have since hit back, posting pictures, videos and open letters decrying the minister’s statement. The Twitter hashtag #ImInWorkJeremy has been used thousands of times in the backlash.
— Sarah Sochon-Smith (@SarSoch) July 25, 2015
And a petition on the UK Government and Parliament website calling for Mr Hunt to be sacked has been signed by more than 190,000 people. In her video, Jacqui said: ‘We already have seven day working in the NHS, this government just doesn’t want to pay for it.’ The nurse starts by joking that her “stethoscope is real, not from the Early Learning Centre” and goes on to deliver an eloquent arse-whooping of the government’s attitude to healthcare.
— Rach (@Dr_Rach_P) July 19, 2015
#ImInWorkJeremy for the next 7 nights… Oh and I'm not worthy of a pay rise either!!
— Shona Gray (@sigray39) July 17, 2015
She accused the health minister of ‘picking a fight’ with staff who already do work at weekends. And the nurse continued: ‘While gearing up to scrap unsocial hours payment, cap our wages at one per cent and demand more weekend work with no additional resources, it’s clear what’s really going on. It’s a wholesale attack on the NHS as part of the drive for further privatisation.’ She pulled no punches saying it was ironic for Jeremy Hunt to accuse NHS staff “of being a bunch of nine to fivers” when he was “heading off for a seven week break”. Ouch!
See Jacqui’s Video and – My Name is Hunt, Jeremy Hunt #ImInWorkJeremy
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