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Jeremy Hunt MP

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  • = Key Development Tuesday 9th December
  • 08:18 Story (4 links): Hunt to hail cancer improvements

    PoliticsHome Hunt to hail cancer improvements Story View links

    The Health Secretary will today say improved treatments mean that more cancer patients are surviving than ever before.

    Jeremy Hunt will publish new figures suggesting up to 17,000 more patients are surviving the disease every year in the last five years.

    Labour says it would fund a new scheme to pay for innovative cancer drugs and replace the Cancer Drugs Fund, but the Conservatives say their promises are unrealistic.

    "The problem with cancer policy under the current Government is that it prioritises one form of cancer treatment over others and places one group of patients ahead of another," Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will say today.

    "This is indefensible when we know surgery and radiotherapy are responsible for nine in ten cases where cancer is cured. It is not right that 40,000 people every year who could benefit from radiotherapy are missing out."

  • 07:59 Labour:We will tackle scandal of cancer patients denied life-saving treatment - Burnham Press Release

    07:59| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Burnham: Labour will tackle scandal of cancer patients denied life-saving treatment · £330 million fund for all types of cancer treatment - including latest forms of radiotherapy, surgery and drugs · A ne... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 13:13 In Brief Events

    13:13 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron visits Turkey Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (4:00pm) and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (12:30pm) speak at the Britain against cancer conference (Central Hall, Westminster) Energy Secretary Ed Davey a... Continue to article

  • 12:27 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    12:27 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    Commons Chamber  11:30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12:15pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: Funeral Services Bill (Emma Lewell-Buck, Lab, South Shields) Counter Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (Day 1)  Adjournment debate... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 5th December
  • 00:01 Health and Care Innovation Expo returns to Manchester in 2015 Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    NHS England will today announce Health and Care Innovation Expo is to return to Manchester in 2015. More than 5,000 people from across NHS, voluntary and community sectors, including local commissioners and providers, CSUs, local authori... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 12:55 Lobby:Number 10: Dementia Friends training for Cabinet ministers Lobby Briefings

    12:55 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Cabinet ministers underwent training as 'Dementia Friends' at this morning's meeting, Downing Street has said. David Cameron this morning described the condition as “one of the greatest enemies of humanity”, and confirmed £15m of Governm... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 22:59 Liz Kendall: Conservatives have an ideological hangup on the NHS On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Liz Kendall said the Conservatives have an ideological hang-up with the NHS which has halted reform. “I am really disappointed that Jeremy Hunt and the Conservatives haven’t focused on the right reforms, we could have seen more power to ... Continue to article

  • 17:34 Burnham attacks Tories for 'fiddling the NHS figures' PoliticsHome News

    Burnham attacks Tories for 'fiddling the NHS figures' PoliticsHome News

    The Shadow Health Secretary has said that the country and the NHS deserved better than “a chancellor fiddling the figures and a health secretary spinning the facts”. During Jeremy Hunt’s statement on the NHS’s five-year plan in the Commo... Continue to article

  • 15:37 In Brief Events

    15:37 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron makes an announcement on funding for dementia research Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg makes an announcement on Bicester, the site of the Government's proposed second garden city Chief Secretary to the Tr... Continue to article

  • 15:37 In Brief Events

    15:37 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron chairs a conference on Afghanistan in London and is expected to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (9:00am) Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at the NHS Alliance conference and exhibition in London ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th November
  • 12:50 PMQs: Cameron and Miliband go head-to-head over the NHS House of Commons

    PMQs: Cameron and Miliband go head-to-head over the NHS House of Commons

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have once again traded blows over the health service, in a session of Prime Minister's Questions focusing heavily on NHS policy. The Prime Minister was challenged by the Labour leader over an admission by H... Continue to article

  • 10:10 Andy Burnham: Hunt contradicting his own government's health advice On air

    On Air | Andy Burnham MP | Shadow Health Secretary | Sky News Video Andy Burnham MP

    Andy Burnham attacked Jeremy Hunt after the Health Secretary said he had taken his children to A&E in order to avoid waiting for a GP. "It is highly unusual to have a secretary of state for health standing in the House of Commons, at the... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 25th November
  • 12:10 Hunt says he took children to A&E to avoid GP wait House of Commons

    Hunt says he took children to A&E to avoid GP wait House of Commons

    Jeremy Hunt has admitted taking his children to A&E instead of a GP surgery, in apparent contradiction of advice from his own department. The Department of Health has repeatedly stressed that patients should avoid accident and emergency... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 07:18 Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit PoliticsHome News

    Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit PoliticsHome News Clive Efford: Why my NHS bill will put patients ahead of profit

    As MPs prepare to debate his National Health Service (amended duties and powers) Bill, Labour MP Clive Efford argues that the Government's 2012 reforms have left the NHS at the mercy of the private sector The Tories fought the last elect... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 13th November
  • 13:58 Jeremy Hunt King's Fund speech: £10bn health savings through technology and innovation Press Release

    13:58| Press Release

    A press release from Jeremy Hunt and the Department of Health: In a keynote speech to the King’s Fund today, the Secretary of State for Health will call on the NHS to work together to deliver the efficiency challenge outlined in the NHS ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 16:38 In Brief Events

    16:38 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron begins his visit to Australia and announces changes to the priority visa service Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attends the National Apprenticeship Awards in Birmingham  Leader of the Opposition Ed Milib... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 15:13 In Brief Events

    15:13 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband hosts the annual Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow Business Secretary Vince Cable is expected to make an announcement on manufacturing Energy Secretary Ed Davey opens West of Duddon Sands offs... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 00:05 Chris Riddell blog: NHS reforms: the man in the white coat News

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    Chris Riddell on Jeremy Hunt's health service cuts. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 10:59 Hunt and Burnham clash over NHS report House of Commons

    Hunt and Burnham clash over NHS report House of Commons

    Labour and the Conservatives have both welcomed the five-year plan unveiled today for the National Health Service, while attacking each other’s policies on healthcare. This morning, six national bodies called for major reform of service... Continue to article

  • 06:45 Jeremy Hunt: More action needed on poor health to reduce £22bn-a-year cost to economy On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt highlighted childhood obesity as an area of particular concern, citing statistics in a new report on the NHS which found the number of children leaving primary school obese was 20%. "The report isn’t saying that the Governmen... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
  • 11:49 Welsh patients are 'putting pressure' on English NHS - Hunt House of Commons

    Welsh patients are 'putting pressure' on English NHS - Hunt House of Commons

      The English health system is being put under pressure by Welsh patients travelling across the border to access services, the Health Secretary has said. During Health Questions today, Jeremy Hunt told the Commons: “As far as this sid... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 19th October
  • 09:18 Baroness Stowell: Cameron has a sensible approach on immigration On air

    On Air | Baroness Stowell | Leader of the House of Lords | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One

    Baroness Stowell said David Cameron’s intention to cut low-skilled immigration from the European Union by limiting National Insurance numbers showed that he had a “sensible” approach to the issue.  “He has got a big article on page 12 of... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 17th October
  • 23:40 Hunt says Lord Freud 'deserves a second chance' after disabled wage comments PoliticsHome News

    Hunt says Lord Freud 'deserves a second chance' after disabled wage comments PoliticsHome News

    Jeremy Hunt said he thought the Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud should be given a “second chance” after comments emerged that he thought some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage. Speaking on Question Time, the Health Sec... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 12:45 Jeremy Hunt: Likely to see a handful of UK Ebola cases in the next three months On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | Pooled clip, Sky News Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt said it was likely that the UK would see a number of Ebola cases over the next few months. “I think we will see someone with Ebola arriving in the UK, and the Chief Medical Officer thinks it’ll be a handful of cases in the ne... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 13th October
  • 17:40 Transcript: Jeremy Hunt statement on the Ebola epidemic Transcripts

    Jeremy Hunt statement on the Ebola epidemic Transcripts

      Statement by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt on the Ebola epidemic and the government's response in the UK. "With permission Mr Speaker, I would like to update the House on the government’s response to the Ebola epidemic ... Continue to article

  • 17:02 Government steps up Ebola screening with new tests and a 'surge' in treatment beds House of Commons

    Government steps up Ebola screening with new tests and a 'surge' in treatment beds House of Commons

    The Government is making preparations for an "increase in the risk level" from Ebola, with a promise to "surge" the number of suitable beds to 26. Jeremy Hunt revealed the UK could see a "handful of cases over the next three months" aft... Continue to article

  • 15:59 In Brief Events

    15:59 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launches a programme to improve patient safety through continued learning Education Secretary Nicky Morgan speaks at the Channel 4 Youth Summit (2:00pm) Culture Secretary Sajid Javid continues his visit to... Continue to article

  • 12:07 Number 10: Govt position on Palestine won't change PoliticsHome News

    Number 10: Govt position on Palestine won't change PoliticsHome News

    Today’s vote on recognition of Palestine as an independent state will not influence the Government’s position, Downing Street has said. The vote will take place this evening on whether Britain should support Palestine receiving United Na... Continue to article

  • 06:50 Jeremy Hunt: UK needs to tighten procedure to prepare for Ebola On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt said the UK needed to “tighten our procedures” to prepare for Ebola.  "What I am announcing today is measures to make sure that we do tighten our procedures across the whole of the NHS, whether its hospitals, GPs surgeries, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 10th October
  • 14:45 Jeremy Hunt: We always respond to medical advice On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | Sky News Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt defended the Government's implementation of screening for Ebola. "We always respond to medical advice. We had new advice yesterday, we've reacted to that and we will continue to do everything it takes to keep the public safe.... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 16:28 Hunt pledges patient access to medical records PoliticsHome News

    Hunt pledges patient access to medical records PoliticsHome News

    Every patient in England will be able to access their own medical record online for free, the health Secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt told the Conservative party conference that Britain would be the first country in the world to make the ... Continue to article

  • 10:00 Jeremy Hunt: Longer opening hours are what people want from the NHS On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | BBC News Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt said plans to keep GP surgeries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week were something that “everyone wants from our NHS”. “This is something that we piloted last year after the Prime Minister announced it at last year’s confe... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
  • 09:49 Jeremy Hunt: It's up to David Cameron to decide on British airstrikes On air

    On Air | Jeremy Hunt MP | Health Secretary | LBC Radio Video Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt said that decisions over British military involvement in the Middle East should be left to the Prime Minister. "I think the issue of British involvement is obviously a matter for the Prime Minister and the national Security C... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 12th September
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  • = Key Development Thursday 14th August
  • 10:02 Story (5 links): Majority of mental health patients going untreated

    PoliticsHome Majority of mental health patients going untreated Story View links

    Two thirds of people with depression in Britain do not get the support they need, despite the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, saying he wants mental and physical health cases to be given parity of esteem.

    Health professionals have warned of a treatment gap, with the new president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Simon Wessely, saying the situation would not be tolerated if the patients had cancer.

    Prof Wessely said that while the vast majority of patients with serious health concerns like heart disease and cancer were being treated, only 30%-40% of people with mental health problems were in treatment.

    He told BBC Radio 4: "If I said most cancer patients are not even known to medical services, you would be screaming from the roof-tops. But in mental health this is apparently acceptable." 

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Stories involving Jeremy Hunt

Hunt to hail cancer improvements

The Health Secretary will today say improved treatments mean that more cancer patients are surviving than ever before.

Jeremy Hunt will publish new figures suggesting up to 17,000 more patients are surviving the disease every year in the last five years.

Labour says it would fund a new scheme to pay for innovative cancer drugs and replace the Cancer Drugs Fund, but the Conservatives say their promises are unrealistic.

"The problem with cancer policy under the current Government is that it prioritises one form of cancer treatment over others and places one group of patients ahead of another," Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will say today.

"This is indefensible when we know surgery and radiotherapy are responsible for nine in ten cases where cancer is cured. It is not right that 40,000 people every year who could benefit from radiotherapy are missing out."


Cameron would vote for abortion limit reduction

David Cameron would vote for a “modest” reduction in the time limit for abortions, he said today.

After Jeremy Hunt’s backing for the limit to be halved to 12 weeks provoked controversy, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Government would not be introducing any legislation to reduce the limit.

However he said he would vote in favour of a motion to reduce the limit, if it was introduced by backbench MPs: “A modest reduction from the 24 weeks would be right, and I would vote for that.”

Along with health experts and women's rights campaigners, Conservatives were also angered at the timing of Mr Hunt's remarks and for re-opening such a sensitive debate.


Lib Dems to abstain on Hunt

Nick Clegg has told Liberal Democrat MPs they can abstain from tomorrow's vote on Jeremy Hunt's referral to the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

The move increases the likelihood that tomorrow's motion will be passed, and that Mr Hunt will be censured, but a Downing Street spokesman has said that the Prime Minister is "relaxed" about the vote.

The Labour party promised to table a motion when the Prime Minister announced that he would not be referring Mr Hunt, shortly after the Culture Secretary's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.

Liberal Democrat sources have said Mr Clegg told the Prime Minister that he should be referred "twice" since Mr Hunt gave his evidence at the Inquiry.


Majority of mental health patients going untreated

Two thirds of people with depression in Britain do not get the support they need, despite the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, saying he wants mental and physical health cases to be given parity of esteem.

Health professionals have warned of a treatment gap, with the new president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Simon Wessely, saying the situation would not be tolerated if the patients had cancer.

Prof Wessely said that while the vast majority of patients with serious health concerns like heart disease and cancer were being treated, only 30%-40% of people with mental health problems were in treatment.

He told BBC Radio 4: "If I said most cancer patients are not even known to medical services, you would be screaming from the roof-tops. But in mental health this is apparently acceptable." 


Leveson witnesses warned before report

The Leveson Inquiry has delivered letters to witnesses likely to be censured, in a sign that the inquiry is nearing completion. The Independent reports that those concerned now have several weeks to respond before the final report is published.


Labour demand vote on Hunt referral

Labour will demand a Commons vote on whether Jeremy Hunt should be referred to the independent adviser on ministerial interests, Harriet Harman has revealed.

Appearing this morning on BBC News, the Opposition deputy leader said David Cameron had "torn up" the ministerial code, and added: "So what we're going to do is have a vote in the House of Commons, to ask for it to be referred to the independent investigator on the ministerial code."

Earlier Ms Harman had said it was "deplorable" for the Prime Minister to allow Mr Hunt to get away with an "open and shut resignation offence".

Conservative MP Michael Fallon has responded to Ms Harman's comments by accusing her of bias, and arguing that she "had made her mind up before she'd even seen his evidence." Mr Fallon said that Mr Hunt's evidence had shown that "the ministerial code wasn't breached".