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Jeremy Hunt: 'We have 6,000 avoidable deaths every year'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is setting out plans to reform consultants' contracts so they can no longer opt out of working on non-emergency care at weekends.

Some 6,000 people die each year because care at weekends does not match that given during the week, said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

"When you turn medicine into a Monday to Friday profession you end up with catastrophic consequences," Mr Hunt told the Today programme.

  • 16 Jul 2015