In today’s reshuffle, despite an unprecedented winter NHS crisis, Jeremy Hunt has not only retained his role as Health Secretary, but also been given control of social care. – Another area in crisis under successive Conservative cuts.
A Government policy paper on social care is due to be published next summer. This means it is likely that Jeremy Hunt will now take charge of that, which worries many as he has been in charge of the increasing privatisation of the NHS.
“Patients don’t need a change of ministers today, they need a change of government,” said the Shadow Health Secretary in the Commons today.
“Over 75,000 patients including many elderly and trial stuck in the backs of ambulances for over 30 minutes in the winter cold this December and January,” he added.
“The Secretary off State for health should be here defending his handling of the crisis not pleading for a promotion in Downing Street,” said his Labour counterpart Jonathan Ashworth today as he painted a horrific picture of the crisis the NHS is currently facing. Watch:
Emergency Question: NHS Winter CrisisShadow Secretary of State for Health Jonathan Ashworth vs Junior Government Health Minister Philip Dunne
Posted by Parliament Today UK on Monday, 8 January 2018