Ralf Little who was recently embroiled in a Twitter row with Mr Hunt has today issued an open letter to Jeremy Hunt ahead of major demonstration in response to the winter crisis in the NHS this Saturday 3 February.
"Dear Jeremy Hunt,
Further to our recent twitter discussions regarding the NHS I would like to follow up on your invitation to meet and debate these vital issues in the public interest...
I will be attending the public demonstration in support of the NHS on the 3rd February organised by The People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together.
I would like to extend a sincere invitation to you to attend, and use this platform to demonstrate that you acknowledge the importance of our previous discussion regarding lack of resources, staff and funding for our health service.
Two key issues of particular concern have been repeatedly raised, even by yourself, with regards to the NHS which would be beneficial for us to debate further.
Firstly, an area I am sure we can both agree on is that patient safety is paramount. However we are now consistently hearing reports of patients dying at home before paramedics arrive, police cars being used to take patients to hospital as there are insufficient ambulances, or that when patients arrive in hospitals they are dying on trolleys in hospital corridors. These are surely the gravest indictment that the current system is failing patients? Many of us are extremely worried about what this means should our loved ones become ill.
Secondly, you consistently raise the importance of openness, transparency and honest discussion as fundamental for progress. With this in mind and with such high stakes for the British public, does it not follow that it is vital that you meet with and have an open and honest discussion with members of the public like myself and the doctors and nurses who have so many unanswered questions?
I would be grateful for a response addressing these concerns and look forward to meeting in person. I can assure the right honourable gentleman that I will provide all of the evidence required when you “double dared” me for the assertions I have made and would be grateful if he could extend the public and myself the same courtesy.
Ralf Little "
March and Demonstration - Saturday 3 February
Assemble: 12pm, Gower Street Central London WC1
March to Downing Street