In 2015 Dr Kirkland looked at the evidence behind a statement the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made in parliament. It was a key plank in his justification for imposing a new contract on junior doctors and turning the NHS into a seven-day service. Statisticians cast serious doubt on Jeremy Hunt’s claim that in only 10% of hospitals are patients seen by a senior doctor within 14 hours of being admitted at a weekend, describing it as unfair, misleading and a gross underestimation. The Department of Health said his 10% figure related to the entire week, even though Hunt specifically said it was for weekend-admitted patients only.