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Hunt 'very much hopes' to stay on as health secretary under new PM

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed he ‘very much hopes’ to keep his post.

Speaking at an event on diabetes at the House of Commons this afternoon, Mr Hunt said that ‘this may indeed be my last speech as health secretary, but I very much hope it isn’t, because I really think there is so much to do in this area’.

It comes as David Cameron is set to resign as prime minister within the next hour. His successor, Theresa May, is expected to appoint her new cabinet shortly.

Earlier, Mr Hunt had joked that the event marked the first time today that he had been introduced simply as the health secretary, without the prefix ‘current’.

The event marked the launch of Diabetes UK’s State of the Nation report, which raised concerns that in 2014/15 only 2% people newly diagnosed with type 1 and 6% with type 2 diabetes were recorded as attending an education course in self-management.

Mr Hunt said his new ‘Ofsted’ style ratings – the CCG indicators framework – would be key to bringing up standards of care in those CCGs doing badly on these kinds of markers. Pulse understands one of the plannned indicators will measure delivery of structured education.

The health secretary also reiterated his belief that strengthening the 'doctor-patient relationship' would be key to improving management of patients with diabetes and other long-term conditions - something that he said was central to his reforms of general practice, where 'that relationship has been weakened in recent years'.

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  • Hunt hopes he may stay. May may think she needs to Hunt for somebody competent and who will not antagonize the profession.

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  • Is this some sort of sick joke? I see hunt has learnt some new lingo 'doctor-patient relationship'. Clearly trying to demonstrate to May he has learnt something over the last few years. If he doesn't go, lots of NHS staff will.

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  • Don't expect any relief. May is going to be just as hard on us as Cameron, Osborne and Hunt, regardless of who she appoints as health secretary.

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  • Typical of him

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  • I very much hope he doesn't stay..... Hasn't he done enough to lead NHS to its graveyard.

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  • If all we get from Brexit is a new health secretary, it will be a small degree of solace.

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  • I hate Hunt. Let me make it very clear, I really do detest the man.

    But I'm not sure that a change of idiot at the top will make any difference to policy, practice or outcome. Firstly because Whitehall is determined to privatise, and secondly because the treasury has its arm so far up the DH's arse that it can grip it by the tonsils and use it as a hand puppet.

    A new fall guy might slow the process, or change the window dressing, but we will still be screwed.

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  • Sure there is apprehension. As they say, learn to live with your boss as you don't know what devil is in the next one. I would say, it can't get any worse. So chins up, let's just hope we see him falling into the dark recesses of oblivion for the horrible damage he has subjected the NHS to.

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  • Bye bye

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