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Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to comments this morning by Dr Laurence Buckman, Chairman of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee, said: "The BMA has called it right: the G... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said the GP contract, agreed in 2004, was “fundamentally flawed” because it meant doctors were not responsible for out-of-hours care. “The current GP contract that we have is fundamentally flawed; by removing responsibility f... Continue to article
Stephen Dorrell warned the problems with accident and emergency care in the UK were “getting worse”. “Crisis is a word that is best avoided, certainly for practicing politicians, but it’s undoubtedly something that is getting worse and n... Continue to article
Department of Health press release Commenting on NHS England’s announcement of Sir David Nicholson’s retirement after 35 years of service in the NHS. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "Under Sir David Nicholson’s leadership... Continue to article
The Prime Minister has echoed Jeremy Hunt’s tribute to Sir David Nicholson, who announced today he would stand down as chief executive of NHS England in March 2014. The Health Secretary said earlier Sir David had taken on an “incredibly ... Continue to article
NHS England press release NHS England today (Tuesday) announced that Sir David Nicholson has decided to retire from the NHS, and as Chief Executive of NHS England, in March 2014. Sir David has worked in the NHS for 35 years in over 14... Continue to article
The increasing demand on A&E services is "unsustainable", Jeremy Hunt has warned, as he set out proposals to reform GP care. The Health Secretary outlined plans to create a Chief Inspector of GPs, saying there must be a renewed focu... Continue to article
Andy Burnham criticised the Health Secretary for blaming GPs to distract from the Government’s own failings. “[Jeremy Hunt] is pointing the finger at GPs, saying it’s all their fault that A&Es are under pressure. This is to distract atte... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a meeting of COBRA this morning Health secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at The King’s Funds annual NHS leadership and management summit in London (16.00) Energy minister Michael Fallon meets with execut... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said he did not believe one of David Cameron’s inner circle had called Tory activists “swivel-eyed loons”, and said the views of the grassroots were “incredibly important”. "No I don't [believe it]. The person who is alleged ... Continue to article
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says more A&E staff are needed to meet growing demands, but maintains departments are still meeting targets Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said the Government needed to take a “fundamental look” at how A&E departments operate amid growing pressure on budgets and a warning from medial and managers’ groups that the service is close to “collapse”. “There are pressu... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt has been forced to deny accusations that a top adviser influenced the Government’s plans to shelve plans for minimum alcohol pricing and plain cigarette packaging. The Health Secretary came under sustained attack today from h... Continue to article
My Lords, I beg to move that this debate be adjourned till tomorrow. In doing so, my Lords, I wish on behalf of the Opposition to give my thanks to Her Majesty the Queen for delivering the Gracious Speech. However, my Lords, I’m am no... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said the Government had yet to make a decision on whether to go forward with plans on plain packaging for cigarettes and minumum alcohol unit pricing. "We haven’t made a decision and when we have made a decision, we shall see... Continue to article
Justice secretary Chris Grayling announces reforms to the prison regime Culture secretary Maria Miller attends the launch of VisitBritain’s growth strategy for tourism in London (13.00) Health minister Dan Poulter speaks at the Vetera... Continue to article
In a speech to the Age UK conference, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS is not set up to deal with people who suffer from complex, long-term conditions and that the current system is not 'sustainable or acceptable'. Continue to article
* Health policy * Health * Public services policy * NHS * GPs * Doctors * Conservatives * Jeremy Hunt Paul Hobday guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All... Continue to article
Andy Burnham criticised the Government for the number of people attending A&E departments. “Well, let’s look at the facts, the number of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E has nearly trebled since the 2010 election and Jeremy H... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said he was not blaming GPs for the problems in out-of-hours care, but said it had been a mistake to shift the responsibility to A&E departments. “I wouldn’t use the word crisis: we are still seeing more than 90% of people wi... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt MP Mr Jeremy Hunt is blaming me. It's my fault. I am an average GP. I work 8 clinical sessions a week, and two educational sessions. I arrive at work at 7.45 in the morning. I leave any ... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt warned the Royal College of Nursing to be “very careful” after it criticised the Government’s planned reforms to nurse training as “stupid”. “They were severely criticised in the Francis Report into that [Mid Staffs scandal] ... Continue to article
Yes, poor care happens, but it is not systemic. We need leadership from Jeremy Hunt, not carping Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron is expected to hold a PM Direct event in Cumbria Health secretary Jeremy Hunt attends the Electronic Patient Records Conference in London (09.50) Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper delivers a keynote spee... Continue to article
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (15.30) and health committee chair Stephen Dorrell MP (10.45) speak at an AgeUK event on health and care in later life in London Care minister Norman Lamb is expected to make an announcement on care and suppo... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Foreign and Commonwealth questions (topicals at 12.15pm) Ten minute rule motion: Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Amendment) (Sarah Teather, LD, Brent Central) Main business Growth and Infrastructure Bill... Continue to article
By Heather Spurr Jeremy Hunt will face a grilling from MPs next week on the suspension of child heart surgery at the Leeds General Infirmary, PoliticsHome has learned. Appearing before the Health Select Committee next Tuesday, the Hea... Continue to article
Sir Roger Boyle has been removed from the NHS' Safe and Sustainable Review Board, the Health Secretary announced today. Jeremy Hunt's decision follows uproar over comments from Sir Roger that he would not allow his own child to be treated ... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague speaks at the Lord Mayor’s Easter banquet (20.00) Health secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at a UK Faculty of Public Health conference on creating conditions for safety (11.30) Education secretary Michael Go... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said that NHS staff are already required to speak out if they see misconduct, but did not rule out taking further measures to enforce this. “We’re not ruling that out at all and in fact all NHS employees have a contractual du... Continue to article
The Health Secretary today unveiled a "radical overhaul" of the NHS to make sure patient care is prioritised and poor performance is no longer tolerated. Among the measures outlined by Jeremy Hunt was a new requirement for student nurses... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt is setting out a “back to basics” approach to care in the NHS today, but he may just want to go back to bed after reading the main editorial in today... Continue to article
At this afternoon's lobby briefing, the PM's spokesman was quizzed at length on the exact cost of treating foreign patients on the NHS. Underlining that the objective is "recouping costs", the No10 spokesman explained that the "Government... Continue to article
The Shadow Health Secretary has called for greater “precision and clarity” on government plans to recover more money from foreign nationals treated on the NHS. Speaking in the House of Commons, Andy Burnham called for “more detail” on wh... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said the total cost of ineligible migrants using the NHS was above £200m, despite other estimates placing the figure at approximately £20m. “I don’t want to speculate on what that number might be, but the number we have heard... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said the Government's proposals to introduce a minimum alcohol price would depend on the outcome of its consultation, and refused to confirm a U-turn. “No, I can’t [confirm the U-turn] because what’s happened is that we’re do... Continue to article
Thank you, Nadhim, for that kind introduction. And thank you, Tim, for inviting me to speak here today. I remember when Conservative Home was founded, eight years ago, and we both campaigned against the proposal to end the right of party me... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg hosts a reception for apprentices in London Business secretary Vince Cable has launched the UK retail industry international action plan Defence secretary Philip Hammond and foreign secretary William H... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt reiterated his backing for NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson, despite calls for him to resign. “He is the right man for the job, yes… David Nicholson did what his political masters wanted. But he’s also the person who b... Continue to article
Downing Street has echoed Jeremy Hunt's warning to the NHS about a culture of complacency in many parts of the health service. The Health Secretary will today accuse the NHS of failing to challenge "low aspirations", and warn that ... Continue to article
Mike Farrar said the Government needed to provide the resources for the NHS to be a world-class health system, ahead of Jeremy Hunt’s speech warning on “complacency” in the service. “The key thing here is that good management can really ... Continue to article
Peter Carter disagreed with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s claim there was “complacency” in the NHS. “No, I don’t [agree]. I actually think that there is a lot of very good management in the NHS and there’s a lot of highly-committed peop... Continue to article
The Government will be announcing measures to prevent immigrants benefiting from free healthcare, Jeremy Hunt hinted today. The Health Secretary insisted ministers would be taking “profound steps” on the issue, and criticised the fact th... Continue to article
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.
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.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt could yet face an independent investigation into whether he broke the ministerial code in his dealings with BSkyB, the Cabinet Secretary has warned.
Giving evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee this morning, Sir Jeremy Heywood said Mr Hunt could still be referred to the independent adviser on ministerial interests if new evidence was unearthed by the Leveson Inquiry.
“In the light of that investigation, if something comes up on the day of evidence etc – that warrants further investigation or bears his adherence to the ministerial code then we may have to take further action at that point.”
Sir Jeremy also defended his decision to recommend to the Prime Minister that Mr Hunt be investigated, at least initially, by the Lord Justice Leveson.
“I genuinely felt that Lord Justice Leveson would be the right, most rigorous and searching investigation that could be done, and that if we tried to suggest that an alternative approach was set up…I think we’d have been criticised very strongly."
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 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".
The Culture Secretary's former special adviser Adam Smith and News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel will be called before the Leveson Inquiry before the end of the month, it has been announced.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with her husband Charlie and four others, were charged with perverting the course of justice over the ongoing investigation into phone hacking.
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