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Jeremy Hunt: 'We need a step change in services offered through GP surgeries'

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has addressed the NHS following his reappointment.

I am humbled to be re-appointed Health Secretary, not least because of the enormous responsibility for hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who are working incredibly hard right now and under enormous pressure.

To them I want to say a heartfelt thank you for all their efforts, with a simple message: like you I want the NHS to be the safest, most caring and highest quality healthcare system in the world. After Mid Staffs we have started a journey to get there - but if we are honest there is still further to go. 

My biggest priority now is to transform care outside hospitals - just as we have dramatically improved the quality of care inside hospitals in the last few years.

All of us want every single older and vulnerable person to be treated with the highest standards of care - so we need a step change in services offered through GP surgeries, community care and social care.

That is my mission, and I know it is the mission of the whole NHS too. I look forward to working with our brilliant frontline professionals to truly make our NHS the safest and most caring healthcare system in the world.’

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  • Forget step change in services and 7 day opening. You'll be lucky to get a 3 day week once you've finished.

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  • Total and complete hunt.

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  • A load of sound- bites held together by weak aspirations, by someone who hasn't a clue how all this utter rubbish is going to implemented.
    What an embarrassment !

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  • More GP bashing/ why am I not surprised? The public obviously cant not see the writing on the wall.When general practice implodes they are the ones who will regret it all.

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  • Harry Longman

    The quality of comment in this column, much of it by the anonymice, would not disgrace the most gutter bound tabloid.
    Read the words: he wants a step change in services from GPs. What he doesn't understand is how. That's where you are well placed to help, much of it by informing him what to stop doing. But the kind of vitriol we see above will get you nowhere.

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  • He well knows what he needs to stop doing. He needs to come to single handed smaller practice's for one.
    He is surrounded by NHSE boards, committees, managers, advisors, IT data modelling HSCIC junkies and button pushing CCGs. You cannot persuade a ship on autopilot.

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  • He's in a little world of his own. I cant see that there has been any inprovememt in hospital care over the past few years. After the Francis report Jeremy Hunt said it was a blue print for restoring trust in the NHS - and then he blocked a move to set minimum staffing levels on teh ward. One E grade and a HCA for 34 patients most of whom have dementia and complex needs.

    For 5 years out local trust has done everything it can to off load its work onto primary care.

    Abdo Pain? Book a CT, discharge the patient and ask the GP to look up the result and refer back if it shows anything,
    Had a baby? We don't check new babies any more - go to your GP to find out if everything is okay.
    98 years old and fell on your hip? Sounds like a job for your GP!
    Cant access the chronically underfunded mental heal services? - best let your GP sort that out too.

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  • I think that the re-appointment of this objectionable and hopelessly out of touch man sends a clear message that general practice is in for more of the same for the next few years.

    One of my colleagues has just left to work overseas, and at 40 years old I don't have too long before it is too late to follow suit. I'm giving it one year (half the remaining partnership retire at that point) and if things stay as they are closing up shop and starting again somewhere else seems preferable to a slow death of attrition and burnout.

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  • Took Early Retirement

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  • What a shame I can't give a thumbs up to comments on this site......

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