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Jeremy Hunt to remain as health secretary


Jeremy Hunt is to stay on as health secretary following a cabinet reshuffle by new prime minister Theresa May.

Ahead of the announcement there were reports he had been sacked or moved to a different position within government as a host of other ministers were removed from post.

According to reports from the BBC, it has now been confirmed he will stay on as health secretary.

Mr Hunt was appointed health secretary in September 2012 as part of former prime minister David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle under the Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Since then he has overseen a period of pay restraint for healthcare staff on Agenda for Change contracts, including nurses and midwives, which led to industrial action by staff after he ignored recommendations for a blanket 1% pay rise made by the NHS Pay Review body.

He has also sought to impose a new junior doctor contract in a long-running dispute with medical staff about their pay and working conditions, which also led to strikes.


Readers' comments (17)

  • Totally gutted. For me this would have been the only silver lining.

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  • So disappointing in this

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  • After Theresa May's speech yesterday there was a glimmer of hope that the most underprivileged may now be cared for and supported by better resourced nursing, midwifery, health visiting and family nurse services. I fear, however, Her words were just empty political posturing.

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  • I really thought that he would have been replaced. What is going to happen to the NHS ?

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  • Gutted....
    Love May.
    Voted out.
    Jeremy Hunt should be gone, terrible man for many many reasons.

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  • R.I.P NHS

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  • This is unbelievable. He has caused morale to fall to rock bottom, the first Drs strike and destruction of the NHS. Instead of working with staff who are committed to their NHS work he has demonised then penalised them and encouraged the public to see the NHS in a poor light. By causing areas to fail he can then put them out to his cronies in the private sector and claim that they have saved the system. A man unworthy of respect.

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  • Yep, we're screwed. :(

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  • Oh dear,

    Chief Diplomat (NOT) Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, and now Jeremy Hunt stays at Health.

    Not a good start Mrs. May........

    Prince Philip and the Grim Reaper would have been beter choices !!!!!!!!

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  • michael stone

    Nobody seemed - when this emerged - to have any theory as to how it went from 'he will be going' to 'he is staying'.

    Lots of theories about putting the Brexiteers in charge of negotiation our divorce from the EU - which I think can be summed up as 'if what they promised during the referendum campaign doesn't happen, and we get 'a disaster', then they will be held to blame for that' [put another way, if it all goes horribly wrong, and May gets the chop, those Brexiteers won't be the next Tory leader after her].

    Lots of comments about Boris being foreign secretary, but there is a one I've not spotted yet - it should give May the opportunity to keep shunting Boris off to far-flung places, where he will be annoying other people and not her !

    Tipperary Tim: I was thinking only this morning, that Boris should get Prince Philip as his special diplomatic adviser.

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