Jeremy Hunt bid for 'step change' in GP services risks clash with GPC

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said a 'step change' in GP services is his top priority, after prime minister David Cameron's post-election cabinet reshuffle confirmed he would remain in the role.

Jeremy Hunt: could face GPC clash (Photo: JH Lancy)
Jeremy Hunt: could face GPC clash (Photo: JH Lancy)

The health secretary’s statement could put him on a collision course with the GPC, after its chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul urged the government to focus on tackling the GP crisis rather than implementing ‘populist pledges’ to expand GP access.

Speaking after his reappointment as health secretary, Mr Hunt said: ‘I am humbled to be reappointed health secretary, not least because of the enormous responsibility for hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who are working incredibly hard right now and under enormous pressure.

Care outside hospitals

‘My biggest priority now is to transform care outside hospitals. All of us want every single older and vulnerable person to be treated with the highest standards of care – so we need a step change in services offered through GP surgeries, community care and social care. That is my mission, and I know it is the mission of the whole NHS too.’

Dr Nagpaul told GPonline last week: ‘We have an immediate crisis to address, and we need to put behind us the unrealistic populist election pledges, to address the issues and what is undeniably a crisis of workforce and workload.'

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