Junior Doctors in the U.K launch legal bid against Jeremy Hunt

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A group of junior doctors have raised £57,000 to launch a legal bid to strike down Jeremy Hunt's 'dangerous' new contracts.

A crowdfunding campaign launched on Saturday night smashed its initial £25,000 target within 24 hours.

It's since more than doubled the amount it needed to begin investigations into whether the new deal being offered by the Health Secretary could damage patient wellbeing and safety.

The group, known as JustHealth, are already more than half way towards their second £100,000 target, which they need to fund a legal challenge to the hated new contracts.

Jeremy Hunt wants to move towards a "7-day NHS " - rewriting medics' contracts to cut the amount of "unsociable hours" they are paid extra for in evenings and at weekends.

But the group behind the crowdfunding campaign say the move could have a dangerous effect on patients and staff.

The fundraising page, hosted on the CrowdJustice website , reads: "The imminent imposition of dangerous contracts affects everybody who works for or uses the NHS. Its immediate and lasting impact reaches further than doctors; it will have a knock on effect on all NHS staff, patients and their families.

"The NHS is already understaffed. The government want a new contract to fulfil their manifesto pledge of a "7-Day" NHS, but they have failed to acknowledge the need for the necessary extra staffing and resources required to make their changes safe. They have not planned or prepared for the devastating consequences. As a result there will be serious gaps in the care provided to patients. Staff will find themselves under even more pressure, their mental and physical health will be impacted. This imposed contract will endanger all lives in the NHS."

The group says the only avenue left to them is to ask the High Court to review the process behind the decision to impose contracts on doctors.

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