Britain’s top stroke doctors accuse Jeremy Hunt of ‘misrepresenting statistics’ to justify his 7-day NHS

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Britain’s top stroke doctors accuse Jeremy Hunt of ‘misrepresenting statistics’ to justify his 7-day NHS

  • 08:42, 17 JAN 2016 14:33, 17 JAN 2016 
GETTY Misleading: Some of Britain’s top stroke doctors have attacked Jeremy Hunt’s use of figures

Britain’s top stroke doctors have accused Jeremy Hunt of “misrepresenting statistics” to justify his seven-day NHS.

Professors and prize-winners are among 59 who blasted the Health Secretary’s statement that stroke patients are 20% more likely to die on weekends.

And they warned claims like his have already harmed stroke patients because they are putting people off seeking help on the weekend.

Labour’s shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander told the Mirror: “This isn’t the first time Jeremy Hunt’s statements have been questioned by experts.

“His careless use of statistics is one of the main reasons why junior doctors feel so angry.

“Patients and junior doctors want to see a resolution to this dispute, not more deeply questionable comments from Ministers, which just fan the flames of disagreement.”

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