Hunt outlines four ‘priorities’ for NHS
The new health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has outlined his priorities for the health service, in his first public address since taking over from Andrew Lansley.
Mr Hunt told a reception at the Conservative party conference on Sunday that he had identified four priorities for “the next couple of years”.
“It’s time to move the debate on to talk about outcomes,” he said. “After taking a lot of soundings I’ve decided to focus on four areas.
“The first is quality of care. Good quality care is as important as good quality treatment. We don’t always have great care quality,” he said.
The second priority was the “challenge of caring for people with dementia”, the third was “people with long-term conditions”, and the fourth was “mortality rates from the major diseases”.
Mr Hunt also called for “much greater integration and working between sectors” in health and social care, and said integration was “going to be as important as competition”.
He told delegates that taking on the role of health secretary was the “biggest privilege of my life”.