We're now at 13/20 who say that they explicitly do not support contract imposition. Only 1/20 has said he'd support it and he actually wrote the letter... The other six I can see why they'd want to keep their heads down, for example Clare Panniker is being currently reviewed as part of the Essex Success Regime that's been imposed on the area she services.
One Chief Exec posted on twitter what he signed and nowhere on it does it say that he'd support contract imposition.
Now, these are the Chief Execs who are natural supporters of the Tory plans otherwise they'd have stayed completely neutral, instead Hunt and Dalton have gone out of their way to annoy them so badly that they're making public rebuttals. A great way to keep your friends friendly!
I'm with you on this by the way. In my role as a high powered (temporary) dynamic executive I've co-signed a few letters and the collective *always* sees the final draft. We might not know the second it's going out or exactly where it's going - though we could find out at any point - but the rule is it's got our name on (and our organisation) so it's going to be something we agree with.
Now, it's possible that it's a minion who didn't keep everyone in the loop as late changes were made. That has happened once or twice - but has been picked up and apologised for. But if it isn't then it's actually a fairly huge deal and, at the very least, Hunt will have lost the trust of people who were his allies in this fight - and at the worst he's deliberately and knowingly misled parliament and public and should step down.
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