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Only 13% of public believe Jeremy Hunt is doing a good job

Less than a fifth of the public believe the Government’s health reforms will improve the NHS and only 13% believe the health secretary is doing a good job, an ITV survey has shown.

The ITV News Index survey, of over 2,000 people and carried out by polling company Comres, showed that 13% thought Jeremy Hunt was doing a ‘good job’, while 41% disagreed and 46% said they did not know.

Only 18% think that the NHS reforms that came into force this week would improve the NHS, 39% disagreed and 43% said they did not know.

Almost eight-out-of-10 said the NHS is more focused on Government targets than patient care.

People were somewhat less dissatisfied with their local NHS services, but still 32% thought also they had got worse and only 7% thought they had got better.

The public survey comes after a Pulse survey revealed a majority of GPs feel no more involved in commissioning decisions than they did before the formation of CCGs.

A Department of Health spokesperson the changes directed by Mr Hunt were ‘already benefiting thousands of people’

She said: ‘Changes to the NHS are already benefiting thousands of people because services are being directed by the healthcare experts who know patients best.

‘Up and down the country we are seeing teams of professionals reducing emergency admissions, treating patients in more convenient places and designing care around the patient far more effectively than was possible before.’

Readers' comments (3)

  • The biggest worry, borne out by the survey data is the size of the "Don't know" responses. On the one hand it could suggest that these people don't interact with the NHS currently (because hey are otherwise healthy or "go private"). More likely it's a measure of public apathy and ignorance that the Tory government is using to drive through reforms.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Well done agent Hunt . The IMF is pleased with your progress of destroying NHS and GPs . We expect the 13% will soon drop to 0% when you complete the task.
    This tape will self destruct in five seconds , good luck

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  • The other 87% booed this man at the paralympics at Brands Hatch

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