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Hunt says GPs do a 'brilliant job' though their role is tougher than ever

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said GPs’ jobs ‘are tougher than ever’ and thanked them on behalf of the whole country for doing a brilliant job in his speech yesterday at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Mr Hunt extended his thanks to other clinicians, managers and NHS support staff and said ‘nothing will stand in our way’ when it comes to making the NHS safer, more responsive and open seven days week. 

He also set out what steps the Government would be taking to make the NHS more transparent about clinical mistakes, and to enable it to learn from these, trailing the idea of a ‘safe space’ for doctors to discuss medical errors.

In the same speech he confirmed his pre-announced commitment to create 1,500 more places at medical schools, and to make the UK ‘self-sufficient’ in doctors in part by conscripting them to work in the NHS for four years.

The health secretary said: ‘A safer NHS doing more emergency care than ever for you and your family… In short, despite the pressures of an ageing population, giving better care to more people than ever.

‘So on behalf of the whole country let’s thank all the hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, paramedics, counsellors, managers, porters, cleaners, caterers and volunteers for their work on the NHS frontline. Their jobs are tougher than ever and they do a brilliant job.’

Readers' comments (8)

  • " 'Nothing will stand in our way’ when it comes to making the NHS safer, more responsive and open seven days week"..... except a lack of money and lack of available clinicians.

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  • Typical politician. We will make it safer by more cuts.....how do you square this?

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  • Vinci Ho

    Yes , let me return the compliment , Mr Hunt.
    ‘So on behalf of the whole country let’s thank you for your ''work'' on the NHS frontline. Your job is now tougher than ever and you do a brilliant job.’

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  • Dear Mr Hunt....as the Smiths once sang....This joke isn't funny anymore !

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  • Hunt wants to denationalise the NHS and rely on private homeopaths. It is galling that he is thanking the staff of the NHS when he is systematically making it impossible to care properly. Imposing contracts and threatening to fine new Doctors if they leave before their pound of flesh is removed. Clever people are being put off becoming doctors as the tuition fees and loans coupled with the working conditions are crippling. Who in their right mind would sign up? All he needs to do now is asked retired doctors to give back their "gold plated" pensions and he will have a full house!

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  • In Dorset and Hampshire many practices work under great pressure
    With limited resources
    You would see Weymouth broadmayne or cranborne surgeries getting
    Over 166£ per patient some £600
    CCGs are supposed to be run by gps for all local gps .not their practices
    The chain is as strong as the weakest link
    This happens all over ...
    Even the England football manager

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  • Ogling GPs now? The Hunt is on - what mischief there is in that devious mind we'll find out in the coming weeks.

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  • You've got to give the man credit for being the Tories' sacrificial lamb. Not many people would allow themselves to become the most despised Health Secretary in history, to accomplish their dream of privatisation.

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