#Derbyuk #NHS: Emails show Jeremy Hunt’s Department of Health ‘colluded’ with ‘independent’ body to impose junior doctor contracts

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Emails show Jeremy Hunt’s Department of Health ‘colluded’ with ‘independent’ body to impose junior doctor contracts

Emails seen by The Independent reveal collaboration with Health Education England, which provides NHS trusts with £3.65bn of funding every year

Jeremy Hunt and senior officials at the Department of Health “colluded” with a supposedly independent body responsible for billions of pounds in NHS funding to “bully” hospitals into imposing the controversial junior doctors’ contract, The Independent can reveal.

Internal emails seen by The Independent show Jeremy Hunt and his officials collaborated with Health Education England (HEE), which provides trusts with some £3.65bn every year.

HEE is supposed to be kept “at arm’s length” from the Department of Health but the emails, obtained under Freedom of Information law, reveal not only that Whitehall officials helped draft the body’s approach to contracts, but also that Mr Hunt himself was “personally managing the message”.

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