What a Jeremy Hunt

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When Mr Hunt was asked on Sky News if he would have to take some responsibility if a patient died because of industrial action he said
 
"The people who are responsible for what is happening are the people who chose to strike."
 
A point I'd like to draw attention to during the interview between Eamonn Holmes and Jeremy Hunt is where Eamonn made the statement in response to Mr Hunt drawing attention to needing to save money
 
"Is that the reality? Of all the ways you could save money in the NHS, of all the people you could club... if you were going after the pharmaceutical companies who were making massive profits over medicines and things people might say 'well done'..."
 
Naturally this is a stance my fellow Pirates and I have been taking for some years. There is more than enough capacity even with the botched budgets from the Tories to provide doctors with a fair wage if Jeremy Hunt would simply implement reform on how the UK treats drug patents.
 
Forgetting drug patents for a moment, with radical copyright reform to a reduction of 10 years, per Pirate Party policy, long copyrighted medical technologies would be opened up so that everyone's health can benefit from technology, not just those who can afford to spend the time on a long waiting list or those who can spend the money to jump the queue into private medical care.
 
Doctors aren't killing people. Jeremy Hunt and his refusal to push for reform on drug patents and copyright reform is.

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