Jeremy Hunt

Who signed off on this piece of rubbish?

This idiotic NHS ‘calculator’ can’t predict heart attacks. But it might well give you one

9 March 2015 17:13

I can understand why the Tories have ring-fenced the NHS, but if they do want to indulge in a little trimming I know just where to start – with the moron who signed… Continue reading

The Attorney General Applies To Judges At The High Court To Quash The Original Hillsborough Inquest Verdicts

Burnham’s bill for hollow Hunt legal threat

17 January 2015 9:00

Ubiquitous Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has had to admit that he ‘spent’ £25,000 in a disastrous and embarrassing threat to sue his counterpart Jeremy Hunt. Burnham has had to… Continue reading


Is the NHS ‘crisis’ too complex for politicians to solve?

6 January 2015 8:56

Is the NHS in crisis, or isn’t it? Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want to use the word, telling the Today programme that ‘there’s a huge amount of pressure’, while Norman Lamb… Continue reading

Darren Henley - the new CEO of the Arts Council

The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – Guardianistas won’t be happy

17 December 2014 16:10

It is difficult to describe with equanimity the culture shock that has been administered to Arts Council England, the 69 year-old benefits office for the creative industries. Invented by Maynard… Continue reading


Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham’s NHS battle heats up

8 December 2014 17:49

Two politicians unashamedly and eternally at one another’s throats are Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham, scrapping over who cares more about ‘Our NHS’. Today Hunt has written to Burnham complaining… Continue reading

On left, David Cameron, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt on the right, in December 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

22 October 2014 16:00

Remember this time last year, when Jeremy Hunt decried the ‘national shame’ of neglected old people suffering from undiagnosed dementia? The health secretary lamented that fewer than half of dementia… Continue reading

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If David Cameron wants seven-day GP clinics, he’ll need market reform

30 September 2014 0:49

Today, David Cameron will pledge that if he’s re-elected he’ll give everyone access to a family doctor seven days a week. He will say:- “People need to be able to… Continue reading

The Working Time Directive costs lives. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Jeremy Hunt opens the attack on the Working Time Directive

23 July 2014 11:10

For years, Secretaries of State for Health have studiously ignored one of the most corrosive regulations to the NHS: the European Working Time Directive. Although the EU is not supposed… Continue reading

Jimmy Savile assisting a patient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1980. Photo: Getty Images

Five things you need to know about the NHS’s Jimmy Savile report

26 June 2014 16:11

The NHS has released the findings of its investigations into Jimmy Savile’s relationship with several hospitals and the accusations of abuse. Leeds General Infirmary has been the location of the… Continue reading


‘A great experience during my colposcopy’ – inside the NHS’s new Accountability Hub

24 June 2014 18:23

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. Jeremy Hunt has taken up this mantra with the launch of the NHS’s Accountability Hub today. As well as offering information… Continue reading


Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy Hunt who wielded the axe to the arts budget, it… Continue reading

The Francis Report into the failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust is published today. Picture: Getty

In praise of those who have improved healthcare in Staffordshire

14 March 2014 16:00

Last week, the House of Commons considered the vital matter of the Francis Report – one year on. It is quite difficult at this stage in the tragedy of Stafford… Continue reading


Gendercide, abortion and hypocrisy of the pro-choicers

15 January 2014 14:48

There was a lovely little ultrasound picture of a foetus to illustrate the Independent’s splash today about the incidence of sex-selective abortions in Britain. According to the paper’s analysis of… Continue reading

David Cameron And Jeremy Hunt Visit A Hospital To Mark The 65th Anniversary Of The NHS

Jeremy Hunt calls for a ‘profound transformation in the culture’ of the NHS

19 November 2013 14:01

Jeremy Hunt has delivered his response to the Francis Report. It was as expected: monthly staffing figures on a ward-by-ward basis, minimum standards of safety for staff levels, a national… Continue reading


After Mid-Staffs, the NHS needs whistleblowers – and whistleblowers need protection from the public

19 November 2013 9:36

It is impossible, I would have thought, to have heard Debbie Hazledine’s account on the Today programme of her late mother’s mistreatment at Mid Staffs Hospital and not to have… Continue reading

Physician talking to patient

The return of the family doctor?

15 November 2013 9:13

Ministers have described the deal on GP contracts, negotiated by the government and the British Medical Association (BMA), as a return to the days when GPs were family doctors. Certainly,… Continue reading

Is all this tinkering enough to save the NHS? Illustration: Morten Morland

Sir Bruce Keogh denies that he is proposing two tier A&E

13 November 2013 9:12

Sir Bruce Keogh’s anticipated review into accident and emergency has been published today to a chorus of praise and boos. The Mail describes it as a ‘sticking plaster’. The Independent… Continue reading

Labour and the Tories continue their political Super Mario fight for the 'party of the NHS' crown. Picture: Carla Millar

The next bitter battle over the NHS is looming

1 November 2013 15:46

It’s been a while since we had a nice big fat NHS row, but those who enjoy watching Andy Burnham and Jeremy Hunt fight over the ‘party of the NHS’… Continue reading


Simon Stevens could turn out to be Jeremy Hunt’s Mark Carney

26 October 2013 15:04

Remember the name Simon Stevens. He’s is the new chief executive of the NHS in England and is going to be absolutely crucial to whether the government can make its… Continue reading

Sam Cam clearly got Dave's memo about the jumpers. Picture: Getty

Why politicians shouldn’t say ‘should’

18 October 2013 16:31

David Cameron is currently trying to work out what his position on jumpers is after Number 10 was forced to issue an amazing clarification this afternoon. A spokesman said: ‘To… Continue reading

The Labour Party Annual Conference

Andy Burnham’s last stand

7 October 2013 8:49

The details of the government reshuffle are currently being hammered out at the 8.30 Downing Street meeting. But as MPs and ministers nervously wait for the call from the Number… Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt aims for the moral high ground on the NHS

1 October 2013 15:21

Jeremy Hunt has an unusual way of delivering a forceful speech. He pulls a worried, frowny face, and speaks in a special growly sort of voice when he wants to… Continue reading

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Can Jeremy Hunt make the Tories the patients’ party?

30 September 2013 11:25

What to do about Ukip is dominating the conversation on the fringe and in the conference bars here in Manchester. But Ukip is only part of the challenge for the… Continue reading

Is all this tinkering enough to save the NHS? Illustration: Morten Morland

The View from 22 – fixing the NHS in the wrong way, the whining intern and Ed Miliband’s summer of discontent

15 August 2013 9:28

Are David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt going about fixing the NHS in the wrong way? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, former No.10 advisor Sean Worth and director of… Continue reading

David Cameron And Jeremy Hunt Visit A Hospital To Mark The 65th Anniversary Of The NHS

Jeremy Hunt’s tough talk on the NHS doesn’t address the toughest question of all: what is the purpose of modern medicine?

11 August 2013 12:57

Jeremy Hunt’s quiet demeanour is deceptive. The Health Secretary has a bit of what my late grandfather called ‘iron in the soul’ – a measure of self-confidence, calculation and the… Continue reading