Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“Despite our disappointment at this failure from the Prime Minister to take a fresh approach to the NHS, we now urge Mr Hunt to take this chance to invite us to his table.
“His time in office, particularly recently, has been tainted with an all too familiar dismissal of the views of frontline staff.
“The handling of preparations for the current build up of winter pressures engulfing the system and his management of it typifies this.
“We want to see much better engagement with clinicians and we would be happy to meet with Mr Hunt at any time to discuss the key issues.”