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Hunt says health secretary is likely his 'last big job in politics'

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said his current brief if is ‘likely his last big job in politics’, as junior A&E doctors are taking to the picket lines today in the first all-out strike in NHS history.

But, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Mr Hunt signalled that he remained certain that history would prove him right over the junior doctor contract dispute.

Mr Hunt said that although health secretaries were ‘never popular’, history would be judging him on whether he took ’tough and difficult decisions that enabled the NHS to deliver high-quality care for patients’.

He said: ‘This is likely to be my last big job in politics and the one thing that will keep me awake at night is if I didn’t do the right thing to help make the NHS one of the safest, highest-quality healthcare systems in the world.’

It comes as Mr Hunt defended his decision not to back down on the junior doctor contract imposition to the House of Commons yesterday, while pleading with doctors not to withdraw emergency care.

He also said patients would be able to access longer hours at their GP surgeries today and tomorrow, although neither NHS England nor the Department of Health could tell Pulse where.

Readers' comments (26)

  • So long, farewell, aufweidersehn goodbye!

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  • Well he will definitely be remembered..for being present during the Final chapter of the NHS !

    Like the issues across the globe, doctors know what they don't want but what will come in place of the current Health system and will that be more acceptable?

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  • I don't hear many violins, Jezza. You're a disgrace. The Lords will welcome you with open Ermine.

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  • Hopeless-Unintelligent-Nonsensical-Twit

    Better to leave NOW- before you do more damange.

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  • Yeap, a multi-million pound/year job is awaiting for him created by his "buddies".

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  • You can say that again!

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  • Ah Jeremy I am going to miss you terribly ..in your dreams !!

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  • Juniors don't want war Jezza, just your head on a plate.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Three things excited me the most last 24 hours:
    (1) New season of GOT has started
    (2) Hillsborough inquiry comes to conclusion
    (3) Junior colleagues go onto full throttle on industrial action

    The last two are both associated to Tory government(s).
    The history will judge you , Agent Hunt and you will get what you really deserve.....

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