Would you put Jeremy Hunt in charge of the Nations health?

This is a difficult question to answer because he has no background in health at all?

His wikipedia entry shows no links to health in terms of his education or career before politics.

Indeed his recent track record as Health secretary suggests that his brief is to sell off the NHS as described in the articles quoted below:

Jeremy Hunt is criticised for his role in £650m Virgin hospital deal New health secretary stepped in to speed up private takeover of NHS services in his Surrey constituency; and

Jeremy Hunt in new row over bid to hire adviser from private health sector New health secretary accused of privatisation agenda

In addition Dr Eoin Clarke has raised questions about possible income from Virgin and Bupa via a business that Jeremy Hunt set up – Hotcourses.

According to the company “Jeremy has stepped aside from all management responsibilities at Hotcourses Ltd in order to focus on his parliamentary duties, and is no longer involved in the running of the company”.

However According to They work for you the register of interests which was last updated in April 2012 he still had interests in the company at that time. This seems to be confirmed by the fact that Hotcourses have now overnight removed the Virgin and Bupa adverts from the site. Why do that if Jeremy Hunt is no longer involved with the company?

Interesting that the wikipedia entry states that Hotcourses has supplied financial support to his Parliamentary office and the Telegraph reports that “Jeremy Hunt avoided £100,000 tax bill in deal just days before rate rise” albeit that this was in 2010

I leave the final word to the Deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, Dr Kailash Chand who is quoted in the Telegraph as saying:

“Jeremy Hunt is new Health Secretary – disaster in the NHS carries on. I fear a more toxic right winger to follow the privatisation agenda.”

So, would you put Jeremy Hunt in charge of the Nations health?


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