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Keogh and Hunt should appear before Health Select Committee - Farron

January 8, 2016 2:30 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP today accused the Government of using the Paris terror attacks to 'sex up' a letter about the junior doctors strike from the independent Medical Director of NHS England. Tim Farron is also calling for Bruce Keogh and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to both appear before the Health Select Committee.

Tim's call comes after the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman Norman Lamb called for a Cabinet Office Inquiry into the matter.

The letter was sent, and made public, in the week after the Paris terror attacks after the Department for Health toughened up the language.

Tim Farron MP said:

"Senior advisors and ministers have questions to answer about what has happened over this letter.

"The Government have poisoned the well of relations between Junior Doctors and NHS bosses. As well as a full inquiry to establish the facts, Jeremy Hunt and Sir Bruce Keogh should also be called to appear before the Health Select Committee to answer questions about what has gone on here.

"Tory ministers said when they set up NHS England it would be free of interference. These words have been shown to be meaningless.

"The Tories are guilty of blatant and utter hypocrisy over this sorry saga."