Jeremy Hunt has been health secretary longer than Aneurin Bevan

Jeremy Hunt has now spent longer in the top role within the department of health (now the department of health and social care) than the founder of the NHS.

Jeremy Hunt and Aneurin Bevan (Photos: JH Lancy (L) / David Cole/Alamy Stock Photo (R))
Jeremy Hunt and Aneurin Bevan (Photos: JH Lancy (L) / David Cole/Alamy Stock Photo (R))

The Conservative MP for South West Surrey took up the role in September 2012 while his party was in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, and has now held his post - recently expanded to cover health and social care - for five years and 168 days.

Labour's Aneurin Bevan was health minister for five years and 167 days, after taking up the post following his party's landslide post-war general election victory.

GPonline looks back at some of the key moments that shaped the time the two politicians spent in office as their governments' top health ministers.

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