Junior doctors have voted to reject the government contract, and I urge the Health Secretary to reopen talks with them to prevent further strikes.
In response to the rejection of the contract, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, declared he would be imposing the deal regardless.
Rather than setting off on a course of conflict and aggression which could well lead to more strike action and inconvenience for patients, I urge him to think again about his decision to impose the deal and instead to urgently engage in talks with the British Medical Association and find a way forward.
If the decision to force the new contract on junior doctors leads to more strikes, it will be entirely the fault of Jeremy Hunt and the government.
I have consistently supported junior doctors in this dispute and they will continue to have my support. The very least the government can do is listen to their concerns, and I urge them to do so.