Latest Jeremy Hunt News

  • Wider 'duty of candour' considered
    Wider 'duty of candour' considered Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    The Government is to reconsider the threshold at which hospitals must legally tell patients if they have been harmed, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. More »

  • Meningitis B Vaccine To Be Free For Babies
    Meningitis B Vaccine To Be Free For Babies Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    A life-saving vaccine against meningitis B will be made free on the NHS for babies, if a deal can be agreed with manufacturers. After rejecting the Bexsero vaccine last year, the Department of Health's advisory body - the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), says it will adopt the Bexsero vaccine. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was sent a letter by clinicians asking him to adopt the vaccine as a way of protecting young children in particular from the disease. And a JCVI statement said it would be introduced "subject to it being made available by the manufacturer at a cost-effective price". More »

  • Health Secretary Hunt Picks a Fight With Nurses Over Pay
    Health Secretary Hunt Picks a Fight With Nurses Over Pay Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is giving the impression he is seeking a full-on confrontation with health workers after blocking a recommended 1% pay rise for 600,000 nurses and other staff. His decision to overrule the independent pay review body has come in the same week he pushed a new law through parliament giving himself the power to close down hospitals with no local consultation. Rachel Maskell, of Unite the union which represents 100,000 NHS workers, told the BBC that the pay offer was "the straw that breaks the camel's back - a step too far", coming after a two year freeze. But Hunt took the unusual step of ignoring the advice and insisted if he had followed it, 6,000 nurses would have been lost, and he pointed to the progression pay rises to show staff would be receiving increases anyway. More »

  • Hunt's Welsh NHS claims 'absurd'
    Hunt's Welsh NHS claims 'absurd' Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of taking part in a "deliberate, planned, co-ordinated and cynical" attempt by the Conservatives to damage the reputation of the NHS in Wales. More »

  • New dementia care plans revealed
    New dementia care plans revealed Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    A new package of care for dementia sufferers will make the UK a world leader in fighting the illness, Jeremy Hunt has said. More »

  • Mid Staffs NHS Trust To Be Dissolved, Says Hunt
    Mid Staffs NHS Trust To Be Dissolved, Says Hunt Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Jeremy Hunt announced Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals would retain 90% of patient visits but they would now be operated by neighbouring NHS trusts. In a partial victory for campaigners supporting Stafford Hospital, Mr Hunt suggested it could keep its consultant-led maternity service depending on an NHS England review. Up to 1,200 people were found to have died unnecessarily at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008 in one of the biggest NHS scandals. The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been in administration since April and administrators had recommended to Mr Hunt that it was neither clinically nor financially viable. More »

  • Mid-Staffs NHS Trust Dissolved: Jeremy Hunt Pulls Plug on Scandal Hospital  …
    Mid-Staffs NHS Trust Dissolved: Jeremy Hunt Pulls Plug on Scandal Hospital  … Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    The troubled hospital trust culpable in the deaths of up to 1,200 patients is to be dissolved, the health secretary has announced. Jeremy Hunt said the management system in charge of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which oversees Stafford and Cannock hospitals, is to be abolished. Thirsty patients at Stafford Hospital were forced to drink from vases, while others were left lying in their own excrement for hours by negligent staff. Blaming "failures of care" for the decision, Hunt said closing down Mid Staffordshire Trust will "secure the safe and high-quality services that the people of Stafford deserve having endured years of uncertainty and failures in care." More »

  • Sir Stuart Rose To Become Top Health Adviser
    Sir Stuart Rose To Become Top Health Adviser Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has recruited Sir Stuart Rose, the former chief executive of Marks & Spencer, to advise the Government on turning around failing hospitals. Sir Stuart will examine how to improve the organisational culture in under-performing hospitals and ways to recruit talent from inside and outside the NHS. A separate review will look at how the NHS can make better use of its existing best leaders which could involve them taking on struggling organisations or establishing national networks of NHS hospitals to improve patient care. Sir Stuart, who left M&S in 2010 and is chairman of Ocado, will focus on the problems facing the 14 NHS trusts currently in special measures. More »

  • Smoking In Cars With Children 'Will Be Banned'
    Smoking In Cars With Children 'Will Be Banned' Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Smoking in cars in which children are travelling will become a criminal offence, but it could be some time before the new law is introduced, Downing Street has said. Campaigners welcomed the move after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of introducing the ban, giving Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt the power to create a new law. MPs also voted to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s, to outlaw the so-called proxy buying of cigarettes by adults on behalf of minors and to allow the Government to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products. Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation , said: "Having campaigned on this issue for many years, we're absolutely delighted that MPs have backed the ban on smoking in cars carrying children. More »

  • Boris Backs Ban On Smoking With Child In Car
    Boris Backs Ban On Smoking With Child In Car Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Boris Johnson has joined health experts and medics in urging MPs to vote in favour of banning smoking in cars carrying children, as the Children and Families Bill returns to the Commons today. The Mayor of London appealed to party colleagues to accept that the "bossyboots brigade" he so often rails against were right to want to impose a ban because the practice was so "disgusting" and harmful to health. The Commons is expected to give Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt the power to make it illegal despite the opposition of some MPs including members of the Cabinet. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: "Surely to goodness - you might say - people these days are aware of the problem of passive smoking? More »

  • Hunt Payday Delayed As £35m Sale Collapses
    Hunt Payday Delayed As £35m Sale Collapses Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    A company takeover that would have netted Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, a £17m jackpot has collapsed after the prospective buyer failed to agree the terms of a deal. Sky News understands that negotiations between Inflexion Private Equity and Hotcourses , a provider of online education listings, broke down in recent weeks. The talks are not expected to be resumed with Inflexion and it is not thought that Hotcourses is in active discussions with another party, although a sale remains on the cards at some point, an insider said. Mr Hunt is understood to own 49% of Hotcourses, meaning that his shareholding would be worth just over £17m if the takeover is completed. More »

  • Further 19 hospitals face investigation over Savile links
    Further 19 hospitals face investigation over Savile links Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expects final reports of all the investigations to be completed by June 2014. More »

  • Savile: 19 Hospitals Face Investigation
    Savile: 19 Hospitals Face Investigation Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated in relation to links with Jimmy Savile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. In a written ministerial statement, Mr Hunt said he expected reports to be delivered by next June. The 19 hospitals will be investigated by their relevant health trusts but each investigation will be properly monitored, he said. The total number of hospitals believed to have been visited by the ex-BBC radio and television presenter that are now under investigation is 32. More »

  • Stafford: Cover-Up Hospitals Face Penalties
    Stafford: Cover-Up Hospitals Face Penalties Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    Hospitals which try to cover up failings that lead to deaths or patients being seriously harmed will have to pay the bill for compensation claims. Under new moves to ensure patient safety, the Health Secretary said that any hospital that failed to be open with a patient about errors or failings could be forced to pay part or all of a compensation claim rather than the tab being picked up by the whole NHS. Hospitals will also have to publish information on how many staff are on their wards on a new safety website from April, however, the Health Secretary did not introduce a minimum staff-patient ratio. Speaking to the House of Commons, Jeremy Hunt said: "Nobody makes these mistakes intentionally but if you cover them up, lessons don't get learnt." More »

  • Hunt To Get £17m Payout From Hotcourses Sale
    Hunt To Get £17m Payout From Hotcourses Sale Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is in line for a windfall worth more than £15m from a company sale that would propel him to the top of the Cabinet rich list. Sky News can exclusively reveal that Hotcourses, an education listings service set up by Mr Hunt 17 years ago, is in detailed negotiations about being sold to Inflexion Private Equity, an investment firm, for about £35m. Mr Hunt is understood to own 49% of Hotcourses, meaning that his shareholding would be worth just over £17m if the takeover is completed. News of the prospective windfall for Mr Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, may cause embarrassment for the Government at a time when a debate about the cost of living is dominating Britain's political discourse. More »

  • Press Regulation: Queen Approves Royal Charter
    Press Regulation: Queen Approves Royal Charter Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    The Queen has given her approval to a new royal charter to regulate the press after newspaper and magazine publishers failed to block it. The monarch set her seal on the charter, which has been backed by the three main political parties, at a meeting of the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace. Four ministers attending the meeting - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary Maria Miller, and the Liberal Democrat justice minister, Lord McNally of Blackpool. The Government argues the charter is "the best framework" for the industry, while stopping short of full statutory regulation. More »

  • A&E Closures Announced By Health Secretary
    A&E Closures Announced By Health Secretary Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    The Health Secretary has announced the closure of at least two A&E departments across northwest London, claiming it will save 130 lives a year. Jeremy Hunt said the proposals were the "most ambitious plans to transform care put forward by any NHS local authority to date". In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Hunt said accident and emergency services across northwest London would be centralised at five hospitals, instead of nine. Although the reorganisation programme is limited to northwest London, it is widely thought it will be repeated across the country in a move which is expected to be unpopular with the public. More »

  • Hunt 'Had No Power To Make Hospital Cuts'
    Hunt 'Had No Power To Make Hospital Cuts' Tue, Oct 29, 2013

    Health secretary Jeremy Hunt did not have the power to implement cuts at a London hospital, the Court of Appeal has ruled. More »

  • Hunt: 'Nation's Shame Of Forgotten Elderly'
    Hunt: 'Nation's Shame Of Forgotten Elderly' Fri, Oct 18, 2013

    Britain should be ashamed of how elderly people are being treated in this country, according to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. More »

  • Treatment of elderly a 'national shame', says Hunt
    Treatment of elderly a 'national shame', says Hunt Fri, Oct 18, 2013

    Huge numbers of elderly people are suffering from chronic loneliness as they are ignored within their communities, in what has become a source of "national shame" the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Friday. More »

  • Exclusive: Hunt Warns On Winter A&E Care Crisis
    Exclusive: Hunt Warns On Winter A&E Care Crisis Sat, Sep 7, 2013

    It will be 'very, very tough' for the NHS to avoid a repeat of last winter's A&E care crisis, Jeremy Hunt has warned for the first time. More »

  • Illegal Abortions: Jeremy Hunt Wants Action
    Illegal Abortions: Jeremy Hunt Wants Action Thu, Sep 5, 2013

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has demanded to know why two doctors accused of arranging abortions based on the sex of the unborn baby will not face prosecution. More »

  • Jeremy Hunt accused of politicising hospital deaths
    Jeremy Hunt accused of politicising hospital deaths Wed, Jul 17, 2013

    Jeremy Hunt was accused of misleading the public about hospital deaths in a bid to ruin Labour's reputation on the NHS today. More »

  • UK hospitals in special measures over death rates
    UK hospitals in special measures over death rates Tue, Jul 16, 2013

    Eleven hospital trusts in England will be put into "special measures" following an investigation into high death rates, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday. More »

  • Hospitals put into special measures over death rates
    Hospitals put into special measures over death rates Tue, Jul 16, 2013

    Eleven hospital trusts in England will be put into "special measures" following an investigation into high death rates, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday. More »

  • Plans For Plain Cigarette Packs Shelved
    Plans For Plain Cigarette Packs Shelved Fri, Jul 12, 2013

    Health campaigners have reacted with fury after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that a decision on the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes has been postponed. More »

  • Trafford Hospital A&E Closure To Go Ahead
    Trafford Hospital A&E Closure To Go Ahead Thu, Jul 11, 2013

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given the go-ahead to plans to shut the accident and emergency department at Trafford General Hospital. More »

  • 'Named Carer' Plan For Vulnerable Elderly
    'Named Carer' Plan For Vulnerable Elderly Fri, Jul 5, 2013

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants a named medic to be responsible for the care of every vulnerable elderly person in Britain. More »

  • NHS Tourism: Govt To Announce Crackdown
    NHS Tourism: Govt To Announce Crackdown Sun, Jun 30, 2013

    Loopholes that allow migrants to wrongly access free UK health care will be closed under a crackdown on abuse of public services next week, Jeremy Hunt will announce. More »

  • Doctors Condemn Hunt In No Confidence Vote
    Doctors Condemn Hunt In No Confidence Vote Mon, Jun 24, 2013

    The British Medical Association has passed a motion of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. More »

  • Hunt: NHS 'Caused 3,000 Deaths' Last Year
    Hunt: NHS 'Caused 3,000 Deaths' Last Year Fri, Jun 21, 2013

    Around 3,000 NHS patients died needlessly last year because of poor care, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. More »

  • Hunt: NHS Errors 'Cost 3,000 Lives Last Year'
    Hunt: NHS Errors 'Cost 3,000 Lives Last Year' Fri, Jun 21, 2013

    Around 3,000 NHS patients died needlessly last year because of poor care, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will say in a speech later. More »

  • Baby Deaths 'Cover-Up': Health Sec Apologies
    Baby Deaths 'Cover-Up': Health Sec Apologies Wed, Jun 19, 2013

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the covering-up of failures by an NHS watchdog to properly investigate baby deaths should never have happened. More »

  • Children's Heart Surgery Unit Cuts Suspended
    Children's Heart Surgery Unit Cuts Suspended Wed, Jun 12, 2013

    Plans to close three children's heart surgery units have been suspended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after months of protest. More »

  • Furious GPs lock stethoscopes with critical Hunt
    Furious GPs lock stethoscopes with critical Hunt Thu, May 23, 2013

    GPs' leaders are engaging in a bitter exchange of insults with health secretary Jeremy Hunt today, as relations between the government and health professionals reaches a new low. More »