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Independents' Day

Jeremy Hunt reappointed health secretary

Jeremy Hunt will remain health secretary in the new Conservative Government, the Prime Minister has announced.

Since taking on the role from Andrew Lansley in September 2012, Mr Hunt has notably slashed the QOF by 40%, allowed CCGs to take on general practice commissioning responsibilities and introduced ‘named GPs’ for every patient.

But Mr Hunt, who is the MP for South West Surrey, has also made a number of comments attacked by GPs, including when he blamed the A&E crisis on GPs just six months into the role.

The comment, which he later repeated on numerous occasions, suggested that letting practices relinquish out-of-hours responsibility via the 2004 GP contract had been a ‘diastrous’ decision by the then-Labour Party-led Government.

Meanwhile last year Mr Hunt also attracted a GP backlash when he said that GPs who fail to spot and diagnose cancers should be publicly ‘named and shamed’.

Most recently, Mr Hunt has refused to commit to giving GPs future real-terms pay increases and he has also welcomed his party’s plans for a seven-day NHS, which would see GPs open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Prior to becoming health secretary Mr Hunt was the Coalition Government’s culture secretary, overseeing the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Alistair Burt has been appointed a health minister, but the other health ministers in the department have yet to be announced.

Readers' comments (35)

  • How depressing! :(((

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  • The witchHunt takes on a new meaning.....

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  • I think I would rather join the ASDA workforce than stay in the NHS if Jeremy Hunt is going to continue as health secretary...................................................ASDA here I come!

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  • nightmare gets worse for drs, nurses and eventually patients

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  • Great shame and a missed opportunity to appoint someone more able.
    New eyes are needed in the DOH and preferably a health secretary who knows something about their portfolio.

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  • Jeremy Hunt has done a good job from the PM's perspective. The Tories got elected with a full Commons majority without the NHS losing them enough votes to prevent the Tories winning. This despite patients finding it harder to get appointments, practices finding it harder to recruit and most GPs reporting increasing workload/pressure. The Tories won despite Trusts in deficit, A&E targets breaching and waiting lists getting worse. By comparison to other parties' plans, Tory plans for the NHS must have seemed more credible to the electorate and to our free press whose job it is to unpick the facts from the rhetoric. I can't help feel that many of my patients are in for a hard 5 years.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Gave you the name Agent Hunt when you were first appointed.
    Now you have plenty of time to complete the mission impossible and wipe out all these moaning b**ta*ds.Keep to your same strategies. You will succeed in no time .
    This message will self destroy in 10 seconds.......

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  • The recent news about treating Clostridium Difficile with Clostridium Difficile might resonate with Hunt. GP's know how to make General Practice work for the benefit of patients.
    Privatising the New Zealand Health Service led to to a swift re-nationalisation of a creature unfit for corporate profit generation.
    Won't be long now before the penny drops in this fair green isle too.

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  • Not a wise managerial move if you want GPs to continue to be your puppet. Disjointed from reality.
    His CV is anything but health related - must have been a tougj 1st job interview.

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  • They now can't ignore the GP recruitment crisis any longer because it is going to come to the boil within the next 5 years. With all the other pressures facing the NHS Hunt needs to make some significant concessions to primary care and get this over regulated working environment cleansed. We have just survived a CQC inspection and the sheer and utter pointlessness conducted with inquisitorial style thoroughness was a shocking waste of resource.

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