Monday, 9 November 2015

Jeremy Hunt cannot escape responsibility for the NHS's mounting problems

Jeremy Hunt cannot escape responsibility for the NHS's mounting problems The health secretary is a skilled politician who has positioned himself as the patients’ champion, but his days in the post appear to be numbered.

Jeremy Hunt’s confrontation with junior doctors over seven-day working adds to a growing list of problems beginning to engulf the health secretary. Will he still be at the department’s Richmond House headquarters at the end of this parliament?

It is just over three years since Hunt replaced Andrew Lansley. It quickly became clear why David Cameron was so determined to keep Hunt in government despite the controversy surrounding his handling of News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB while he was culture secretary. Immediately burying any mention of the toxic health reforms, he shrewdly repositioned the role of health secretary from representing the NHS to government, to representing the interests of patients to the NHS. Continue reading... The Guardian

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