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  • Annual review of 'avoidable deaths'
    Annual review of 'avoidable deaths' Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an annual review of "avoidable deaths", which he described as the "biggest scandal in global healthcare". More »

  • Row Over Hospitals Declaring 'Major Incidents'
    Row Over Hospitals Declaring 'Major Incidents' Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A new political row has erupted over the NHS after Labour claimed the Government was trying to make it harder for hospitals to declare "major incidents". Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham claimed new "enhanced criteria" - issued to NHS trusts in the West Midlands - advised the trusts to consider whether there was "political involvement or excessive media coverage" and whether there was "a risk of reputational damage" before declaring a major incident. The row follows a spate of major incidents - which are triggered when patient demand reaches a level that could disrupt hospital services and alerts community hospitals and other health centres to make extra beds available. In an urgent question in the House of Commons, Mr Burnham pointed to the NHS England document and dismissed a claim by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that it was simply a "local operational issue". More »

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  • Inflexion To Wed Scott Dunn In £70m Deal
    Inflexion To Wed Scott Dunn In £70m Deal Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The luxury travel group Scott Dunn is close to a £70m takeover by the investor which last year tried to buy the education business set up by Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary. More »

  • Hunt defends A&E data suspension
    Hunt defends A&E data suspension Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NHS staff should not be forced to work over Christmas to publish A&E waiting time figures, Jeremy Hunt has said, amid claims of a festive "news blackout". More »

  • Ageing population 'top NHS issue'
    Ageing population 'top NHS issue' Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Easing strains on the health service caused by an ageing population is the "biggest single challenge" politically of the generation, according to Jeremy Hunt. More »

  • Ebola Outbreak 'Could Get As Serious as Aids Epidemic' Warns Jeremy …
    Ebola Outbreak 'Could Get As Serious as Aids Epidemic' Warns Jeremy … Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,000 people, could become as serious as the Aids epidemic if it is not contained, Jeremy Hunt has warned. More »

  • Britain begins Ebola screening at London's Heathrow airport Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain began screening passengers arriving at London's busiest airport from West Africa for signs of the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday. Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday Britain could expect to see "a handful" of Ebola cases over the next three months, partly due to its status as a popular travel destination. The Ebola outbreak, the worst on record, has killed more than 4,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. ... More »

  • NHS Steps Up Ebola Training as UK Universities Welcome 20,000 Students from …
    NHS Steps Up Ebola Training as UK Universities Welcome 20,000 Students from … Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce new and improved plans in Parliament on 13 October for how the NHS will cope with Ebola. More »

  • Britain feels ready after Ebola outbreak test
    Britain feels ready after Ebola outbreak test Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Britain is ready to cope with an Ebola outbreak, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt declared Saturday, following a nationwide exercise to test the country's readiness. More »

  • Hospitals Told To End 'Unfair' Parking Charges
    Hospitals Told To End 'Unfair' Parking Charges Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Hospitals have been told to give free or cheap parking to the relatives of chronically ill patients. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said new guidelines for English hospitals have been created in order to end the stress of "unfair" charges. Patients with disabilities, those who have frequent appointments and members of staff working shifts will also benefit from the changes, Mr Hunt said. Mr Hunt last month admitted he was concerned about parking fees being charged at some hospitals after being pressed by backbenchers to end "rip-off" costs. More »

  • Hunt Vows To End Year-Long Hospital Waits
    Hunt Vows To End Year-Long Hospital Waits Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a £250m drive to ensure patients will no longer have to face "unacceptable" waits of more than a year for NHS treatment in England, unless clinically necessary. Mr Hunt has also ordered a casework review of every patient waiting over or close to 52 weeks, to ensure they are not made to wait for an operation unless there are strong clinical reasons. Speaking to hospital staff in Guildford, Surrey, later he is expected to say: "No one - except in exceptional circumstances - should have to wait more than a year. More »

  • NHS to Pump £250m into Tackling Waiting Lists
    NHS to Pump £250m into Tackling Waiting Lists Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Speaking in Surrey, Jeremy Hunt said that the health department would plough a further £250m (€314m, $421m) into the NHS to carry out more than 100,000 treatments for people who had been on a waiting list for over 18 weeks. The government has set itself a target of treating 90% of inpatients and 95% of outpatients within the five month period of referral. The announcement comes shortly after it was revealed that there were more than three million people on the NHS waiting list in June – the highest number on record in six years. More »

  • Hospital Worker Stabbed to Death at Gloucester Psychiatric Unit Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A member of staff has died after being stabbed at a mental health hospital in Gloucester. The female victim, who has not been named, was attacked at the inpatient unit at Wotton Lawn Hospital. A man in his sixties, believed to be a patient, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "The events... are devastating and our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the staff member." More »

  • 'Euro Leaders Are Cowards' Over Juncker Vote
    'Euro Leaders Are Cowards' Over Juncker Vote Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has labelled Europe's leaders "cowards" for electing arch-federalist Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission. Prime Minister David Cameron's only ally was Hungary as he attempted to block Mr Juncker, who he claims is not the right man to force through EU reform. The Tories have promised a referendum on EU membership should they win the next election - and Mr Hunt believes "cowardice" from Europe's leaders can only make a vote to quit more likely. "As a result of cowardice yesterday from other European leaders who weren't prepared to say in public what they said in private, they're going to have to work a lot harder to persuade the British people that Europe has a reform agenda," he said. More »

  • Late TV star Savile said to have sexually abused dead bodies
    Late TV star Savile said to have sexually abused dead bodies Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, might have sexually abused dead bodies in a hospital where he worked as a volunteer, health investigators said on Thursday. In 2012 police said Savile, one of the Britain's best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011. "As a nation at that time, we held Savile in our affection as a somewhat eccentric national treasure with a strong commitment to charitable causes," Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament. "Today's reports show that in reality he was a sickening and prolific sexual abuser who repeatedly exploited the trust of a nation for his own vile purposes." In one disclosure, it was reported that Savile, who had publicly spoken of his fascination with the dead, had sexually abused bodies in the mortuary of Leeds General Infirmary in northern England, taking advantage of his role as a volunteer porter. More »

  • Jimmy Savile Hospitals Sex Abuse Report Due
    Jimmy Savile Hospitals Sex Abuse Report Due Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Reports by 28 hospitals into their involvement with the disgraced entertainer and fundraiser Jimmy Savile will be published this morning. The investigations were announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last year after the hospitals were identified by the Metropolitan Police. It is thought Savile, who died in October 2011, abused hundreds of patients in hospitals, principally at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital in Berkshire, Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, and Leeds General Infirmary. Only last month the NSPCC said its research showed Savile had abused at least 500 girls and boys, one just two years old, making him one of the UK's most prolific sex offenders. More »

  • Mental Health Care Becoming A 'Car Crash'
    Mental Health Care Becoming A 'Car Crash' Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    One of the country's leading psychiatrists has slammed the state of mental health care in England, warning that a lack of resources was leading the service into a "car crash". Professor Sue Bailey, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said the situation represented a "crisis" and that treatment for the mentally ill was simply not a priority for the Government. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back at the claims, saying he was "proud" of his record in this area. "It's a car crash that we are sleepwalking into," Professor Sue Bailey told the BBC. More »

  • Nurses' Union Furious as 'Senior NHS Staff Pay Jumps 6.1%'
    Nurses' Union Furious as 'Senior NHS Staff Pay Jumps 6.1%' Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The pay bill for senior NHS managers is accelerating ahead of pay for nursing staff, research by the Royal College of Nursing has found. Pay packages for senior NHS managers has accelerated far faster than that of nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing. The trade union, which received Freedom of Information requests from provider trusts across England, found that the wages of executive directors over the last two years has increased by an average of 6.1%, compared to a 1.6% rise in earnings for nurses, midwives or health visitors. The findings come after the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, controversially blocked a recommended 1% pay rise for 600,000 nurses and other staff in the NHS. More »

  • Missing British Yachtsmen: US Coastguard Resume Search in Atlantic Ocean
    Missing British Yachtsmen: US Coastguard Resume Search in Atlantic Ocean Tue, May 20, 2014

    The US coastguard has said it will resume the search for four British sailors who went missing after their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. The four crew members of the Cheeki Rafiki - Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 23, Steve Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56 – experienced difficulties 620 miles (1,000km) east of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Families of the missing men, as well the health secretary Jeremy Hunt and nearly 200,000 people who signed an online petition urged the US coastguard to resume the search. Prime Minister David Cameron thanked the US coastguard for resuming the search on Twitter, while Bridge's grandmother Valerie said the family is "delighted" at the news. More »

  • Chief Medical Officer Rejects Pro-Homeopathy Studies Submitted by Health Se …
    Chief Medical Officer Rejects Pro-Homeopathy Studies Submitted by Health Se … Thu, May 8, 2014

    Health secretary Jeremy Hunt pushed pro-homeopathy studies on to the chief medical officer and asked her to review the treatment's perceived medical benefits, despite the NHS stand on alternative medicines, which regards many of them unproven. Hunt, who is responsible for running the NHS, is said to have asked Prof Dame Sally Davies to review three studies which examined the possible health benefits of homeopathy. The studies were funded by Laboratoires Boiron, one of the world's largest manufacturers of homeopathic products, such as children's cough medicines and arthritis creams. A guide to homeopathy on the NHS website states there is \"no good-quality evidence\" that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition. More »

  • ADHD 'Not a Real Disease' Says American Neuroscientist
    ADHD 'Not a Real Disease' Says American Neuroscientist Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Leading American neuroscientist Dr Bruce D Perry has claimed that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not "a real disease". Perry, the senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, is set to meet work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and health secretary Jeremy Hunt after arriving in Britain. His comments come after revelations that prescriptions for ADHD methylphenidate drugs, such as Ritalin, used to treat children have increased by 56% between 2007 and 2012, from 420,000 to 657,000. And they would say, 'Oh, you have fever.' They would label it, just like we label it [ADHD] now. More »

  • NHS Safety Initiative 'Could Save 6,000 Lives'
    NHS Safety Initiative 'Could Save 6,000 Lives' Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Hospitals will be told to halve incidents of avoidable harm to patients under a tough new safety initiative that could save 6,000 lives over the next three years. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants every hospital to join the "Sign Up To Safety" campaign and drive down medication errors, blood clots and bed sores. He told Sky News the ambitious initiative was triggered by the shocking care standards at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, which resulted in significant harm and extra deaths. "We now have a once in a generation opportunity to save lives and prevent avoidable harm - which will empower staff and save money that can be re-invested in patient care. 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 »

  • 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 »