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  • Medics launch Twitter attack over Jeremy Hunt's 'Monday to Friday' …
    Medics launch Twitter attack over Jeremy Hunt's 'Monday to Friday' … Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Doctors and nurses have launched a scathing attack on Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt's claims there is a "Monday to Friday" culture in the NHS by posting pictures of themselves working this weekend. More »

  • Jeremy Hunt pledges NHS infused with 'patient power'
    Jeremy Hunt pledges NHS infused with 'patient power' Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised an NHS motivated by "patient power" with "more transparency in return for fewer targets". More »

  • Weekend Working Ultimatum To Hospital Doctors
    Weekend Working Ultimatum To Hospital Doctors Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Speaking on Sky News, Jeremy Hunt denied accusations by the British Medical Association that the move represented a "wholesale attack on doctors" and said the current system was "incredibly inefficient". He has issued an ultimatum to the BMA to reform doctors' contracts or face having changes imposed by the Government. Currently, doctors can opt out of non-emergency work at evenings and weekends, something he wants to end. More »

  • Doctors Demand A 20% Tax On Sugary Drinks
    Doctors Demand A 20% Tax On Sugary Drinks Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A 20% tax on sugary drinks would be a "useful first step" towards the long-term goal of taxing a wide range of products in the fight to reduce obesity, doctors' leaders have said. With a third of the UK population projected to be obese by 2030, the British Medical Association (BMA) said imposing the tax could reduce the number of obese British citizens by around 180,000. The BMA is the latest body to call for a tax on sugar - a move that was ruled out by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last year. More »

  • 'Lonely funerals' shocking: Hunt
    'Lonely funerals' shocking: Hunt Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    It is shocking that thousands of people are dying alone in the UK, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to say today, as he makes a direct appeal to the public to take better care of their older relatives. More »

  • Hunt backs GP inspection regime
    Hunt backs GP inspection regime Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has dismissed calls from doctors leaders to suspend inspections of GPs' surgeries, saying the move would be a "big mistake". More »

  • Hunt drive to recruit 10% more GPs
    Hunt drive to recruit 10% more GPs Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a recruitment drive to secure a "dramatic" 10% increase in GPs, in a bid to deliver a seven-day service. More »

  • Hunt's GPs Pledge In Return For Seven-Day Week
    Hunt's GPs Pledge In Return For Seven-Day Week Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Another 10,000 doctors, practice nurses and other health workers will be recruited into general practice to ease waiting times for appointments. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the extra staff would be targeted at areas of England that have struggled to recruit doctors. Mr Hunt warned that in return the profession now needs to step forward and provide seven-day appointments for patients. More »

  • NHS 'Must Deliver' On Patient Care And Waste
    NHS 'Must Deliver' On Patient Care And Waste Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    NHS bosses have been urged by Jeremy Hunt to focus on finding efficiencies and patient care rather than complain about a lack of funds. The Health Secretary hit out at the NHS saying the Government has provided the extra funding requested by its chief executive and now wants the health service to "deliver its side of the bargain" by eliminating waste. "Simon Stevens (NHS England Chief Executive) said the NHS needed an extra £8bn by 2020 and the Government has invested that. More »

  • 'Long hard look' at NHS spending
    'Long hard look' at NHS spending Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said it is time to "take a long hard look at whether the NHS spends its resources as carefully as it should". More »

  • Strike Threat As PM Says NHS Is In 'Safe Hands'
    Strike Threat As PM Says NHS Is In 'Safe Hands' Mon, May 18, 2015

    David Cameron has laid out plans to create a "seven-day" NHS service - but has been warned that nurses could walk out if their pay and conditions are affected. But Royal College of Nursing (RCN) chief executive Dr Peter Carter said "any attacks on unsocial hours, weekend working payments would be strongly resisted" and could lead to industrial action. Speaking to Sky News health secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back, saying: "It is ridiculous, jumping the gun. Mr Cameron committed to creating a "truly seven-day NHS" by extending GP opening hours. More »

  • Hospital Boss Pay Hikes Enough For 1,300 Nurses
    Hospital Boss Pay Hikes Enough For 1,300 Nurses Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Inflation-busting pay rises for hospital bosses totalling £35m could have paid for more than 1,300 new nurses, according to Sky News' calculations. A Daily Mail investigation found some executives earned more than £1m last year, and even at hospitals with the worst standards of care directors received pay packages worth up to £5,000 per day. The figures emerged after the Mail carried out an audit of trust accounts and found exploitation of the NHS pension scheme by some senior executives. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to launch an investigation, even though NHS England told Sky News "pay is set by the Department of Health" and is then awarded to executives by individual NHS trusts. More »

  • Meningitis B Vaccine Deal 'Will Save Lives'
    Meningitis B Vaccine Deal 'Will Save Lives' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A potentially life-saving vaccine against meningitis B will soon be available to all babies in the UK after a long stand-off over the cost. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Britain would become the first country in the world with a nationwide meningitis B vaccination programme after the Government reached a deal with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. The Bexsero MenB vaccine, which was recommended by health experts a year ago, will now be added to the national childhood immunisation scheme, with babies getting the first of three jabs at two months. Discussions between the department and the drug company over the price of the vaccine began in August last year, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). More »

  • GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off
    GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has reached a deal with the British government to supply a new meningitis B vaccine, following a lengthy stand-off over price with the product's previous owner Novartis. Health minister Jeremy Hunt announced the deal on Sunday, which he said would make Britain the first country in the world to have a nationwide vaccination program for the potentially deadly childhood disease. Government advisers said in 2014 that all children over two months old should be given the vaccine Bexsero, which was developed by Novartis. Britain's GSK earlier this month completed a deal to acquire the vaccine from Swiss-based Novartis, following a complex three-part asset swap worth more than $20 billion. More »

  • Conservatives pledge 'seven-day NHS' services by 2020
    Conservatives pledge 'seven-day NHS' services by 2020 Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, heading into what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, is expected to lay out plans to extend services available under the National Health Service to seven days a week by 2020. Cameron, who will speak at his Conservative party's conference in Manchester on Saturday, is expected to say more hospitals must provide top-level care at the weekend, starting with emergency care. The announcement follows opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech on Friday, when he put the future of the treasured but expensive state-funded health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Cameron.  Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said the NHS plan to extend weekend services would help cut to help cut mortality rates. Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said Cameron needed to set out clearly how the NHS would be funded. More »

  • Maternity Unit Deaths 'Were Preventable'
    Maternity Unit Deaths 'Were Preventable' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Major failure at almost every level led to avoidable deaths of babies and a mother at Furness General Hospital, a report has found. The independent review found the maternity service was seriously dysfunctional and different clinical care would have prevented the deaths of 11 newborn babies and a mother. The investigation, ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has looked into the circumstances surrounding deaths at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013. More »

  • NHS 'Turf War' Led To Baby And Mum Deaths
    NHS 'Turf War' Led To Baby And Mum Deaths Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A report into the deaths of as many as 30 mothers and babies from lack of care at a Morecambe Bay trust hospital is expected to be highly critical of NHS managers and health watchdogs. The investigation, ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has looked into the circumstances surrounding the deaths at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013. Carl Hendrickson, whose wife Nittaya and son Chester both died, claims health records showing her heart rate during the birth have gone missing. The investigation has heard how midwives failed to alert doctors about patient complications in time because of a 'turf war' between the two professions. More »

  • NHS Whistleblowers Set To Get Protection
    NHS Whistleblowers Set To Get Protection Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    NHS staff who blow the whistle about poor patient care are to be protected by sweeping reforms that will bring an end to the cover-up culture in hospitals. The measures will be announced in Parliament by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in response to a review that he commissioned into the treatment of staff who speak out. The review by Sir Robert Francis, who led the inquiry into the Mid-Staffs scandal, has been delayed by two months because he received more than 18,000 responses, many of them from doctors and nurses who were sacked for sounding the alarm. Sir Robert is expected to warn that poor care at failing hospitals went undetected for many years because staff concerns were suppressed. More »

  • NHS To Probe Thousands Of Patient Deaths
    NHS To Probe Thousands Of Patient Deaths Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Jeremy Hunt said: "I'm determined to go even further in rooting out poor care. The announcement comes as a new analysis revealed that 11 hospital trusts put under 'special measures' 18 months ago because of their high death rates have dramatically improved their care. Extra staff, management changes and mentoring by more successful NHS organisations cut death rates at the 11 hospitals by more than 9% - three times more than the national average. Roger Taylor, who led the research, said: "We were not expecting to find such a strong result. 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 »

  • 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 »