They want the Health Secretary to face a formal standards probe after he warned three times that there were 11,000 'excess deaths'
Misleading? Jeremy Hunt making his grand claims on Tuesday
Jeremy Hunt has been accused of misleading Parliament over NHS deaths in an official complaint backed by more than 3,500 doctors.
They want the Health Secretary to face a formal standards probe after he warned the Commons three times that there were 11,000 'excess deaths' at weekends.
He vowed to cut the toll with his 7-day NHS - despite the report which detailed the deaths warning: "To assume they are avoidable would be rash and misleading."
Last month's British Medical Journal study, whose authors included NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, also declared: "It is not possible to ascertain the extent to which these deaths may be preventable."
Two angry doctors have now written to the Cabinet Office and Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to demand an investigation - and claim Mr Hunt could have to resign.
Attack: Mr Hunt goaded Labour as he claimed he would cut the 11,000 death toll
The letter by clinical lecturers Dr Antonio de Marvao and Dr Palak Trivedi says they are 'deeply concerned' and has been backed by more than 3,500 other doctors.
They believe Mr Hunt may have broken the strict codes of conduct which say ministers must give the Commons 'accurate and truthful' information.
It storms: "It appears Mr Hunt deliberately and knowingly misquoted and misinterpreted the conclusions of a medical research publication in an attempt to mislead the other MPs and the UK public.
"We believe his actions are causing a 'significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole', as set out in the Code of Conduct for MPs and the Ministerial Code of Conduct."
Scorn: Labour shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander
The doctors warn they have seen frightened patients waiting until after the weekend to visit hospital - which ironically increases their chances of death.
"Not only is Mr Hunt misleading the House of Commons, but also the public and with grave consequence," they add.
And they say several 'distinguished academics' raised 'very serious questions' over the reliability of the BMJ report.
They add: "We anticipate serious endeavours will be made to ascertain whether Mr Hunt should consider his resignation in the light of his misuse of this paper in formulating government policy."
The Health Secretary raised the 11,000 figure three times during a Commons debate on Tuesday - a day after he snubbed an urgent question on the 'worst in a generation' £1bn NHS deficit .
Anger: The letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
He told his Labour opposite Heidi Alexander: "There are 11,000 excess deaths because we do not staff our hospitals properly at weekends.
"I think it is my job, and the Government’s job, to deal with that, and to stand up for patients."
She hit back today: "We should be doing everything possible to reduce the number of avoidable deaths in hospitals.
"But Jeremy Hunt needs to tread very carefully when claiming that hospital staffing arrangements at weekends are the direct cause of 11,000 excess deaths.
"He should consider carefully whether his comments reflect the conclusions of the study he quotes from."
Protests: A previous demonstration by junior doctors. 16,000 are due to attend one tomorrow
Some 16,000 people have said they will march against the Tories' 7-day NHS plans in London tomorrow after junior doctors complained they would impose a huge pay cut.
The contracts - which are still being negotiated - will extend 'normal hours' to from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday to 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday.
Mr Hunt appeared to back down last week when he wrote to junior doctors saying they would not face a pay cut .
He is facing mounting opposition including from his own MPs.
One, Tory Dr Dan Poulter, sent a video support message to junior doctors from his Commons office saying: "We need to make sure this is not a contract about delivering cuts in doctors' pay but about rewarding fair work.
"It's not about more money."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "There is clear independent clinical evidence of a 'weekend effect' in hospitals, evidence supported by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS England's Medical Director, Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh.
"Clinical experts have said that this is likely to be a consequence of variable staffing levels, a lack of senior decision makers and of consistent specialist services.
"We make no apology for committing to improve care for patients by addressing these variable outcomes throughout the week."
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