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Hunt: I am the most pro-GP health secretary for 50 years

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that he is the most pro-GP health secretary for 50 years, according to leaked minutes from a Whitehall meeting to discuss his plans for a ‘named clinician’ to co-ordinate care for the vulnerable elderly.

The claim was revealed in minutes obtained by health blogger Roy Lilley and published on his blog from the closed meeting that included members of the NHS Alliance, other GPs and the health secretary.

The meeting was held on Tuesday and, as Pulse reported earlier in the week, discussed plans for GPs to ensure out-of-hours services for their most vulnerable elderly patients are of sufficient quality and easily accessible.

It also discussed the contract changes needed to deliver this change - with QOF emerging as a favoured way of ensuring GPs were more involved in their patient’s care out of hours.

The minutes state: ‘Mr Hunt stated that he was the most pro general practice Sec of State for 50 years and made some very positive statements about the importance of general practice and how much it is valued by patients and the population.’

The claim comes after the BMA declared it had no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who it said has put the NHS under ‘attack’ in a vote at the BMA Annual Representative Meeting in Edinburgh in June.


 

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  • Tom Caldwell

    What he is pro, is dismantling the NHS and placing the blame with GPs. If he said that then that I could believe.

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  • Does this mean we can now detain him under the mental health act as he is clearly expressing delusional thought content. Ojn the other hand maybe we have all just misinterpreted his intentions?.......no? thought not.

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  • Oh, thank you Pulse for publishing this! Made me laugh out loud and will have me chuckling all afternoon.

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  • What a Heremy Junt as they say in the East End.

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  • Bob Hodges

    Jim Naughtie would contend that he's more por-gynaecologist than pro-GP.

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  • If Hunt is pro-GP, then I'm a banana!

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  • Like a butcher is fond of a pig about to be slaughtered.

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  • Pants on fire!

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  • Mr Hunts government have brought in some of the most toxic changes the NHS has ever seen. A top down reorganization that was never asked for and is costing billions, the 111 disaster, revalidation wasting doctors time filling in boxes and a changes to QOF that risk ending general practice as we know it. The governments privatization agenda has no mandate but the public aren't stupid and no doubt will express themselves at the ballot box.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Hang on a minute
    You guys are so silly , not understanding agent Hunt
    The most P(is*ing)R(ight)O(n)-GP HS for 50yrs....

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