In a brutal blow to striking junior doctors , Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed a seven-day contract will be imposed upon junior doctors.
He announced the decision in the House of Commons in a speech which told MPs he "was taking a decisive step forward" after three years of debating between the British Medical Association and the government.
The secretary was given the go ahead in a letter last night from chief negotiator Sir David Dalton to make the decision.
Mr Hunt said: "No government or Health Secretary could ignore that hospital mortality rates are higher over the weekend."
But Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander, who has vehemently fought against the decision, argued there is no evidence to suggest mortality rates are due to the lack of junior doctors over the weekend.
She called the facts behind his justification "deeply dubious" and blasted him for turning the issue into a "symbolic fight" for his manifesto pledge.
West London junior doctors appalled by decision
Hammersmith resident and junior doctor Ravi Ganepola, who is in his second year at Ealing Hospital, said: "I am concerned really that he has just lied and there are a number of claims that are factually inaccurate.
"I was just taken aback really.
"I'm just deeply disappointed in him choosing to play politics ahead of the wellbeing of people who work in the NHS and its patients."
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