Jeremy Hunt remains health secretary as Cameron reshuffles cabinet

Jeremy Hunt is to continue as health secretary, prime minister David Cameron has confirmed as he completed his post-election cabinet reshuffle.

Jeremy Hunt: remains as health secretary (Photo: Pete Hill)
Jeremy Hunt: remains as health secretary (Photo: Pete Hill)

Former foreign office minister Alistair Burt has been appointed minister of state, replacing Liberal Democrat care minister Norman Lamb, while Ben Gummer is under secretary of state.

Mr Hunt took over from Andrew Lansley in 2012. The decison to keep him in place will come as a relief to health leaders who prefer continuity.

Speaking to GPonline earlier this year, Mr Hunt pledged that if the Tories remained in government, GPs would be at the heart of an 'NHS revolution'.

GP election pledges

GP leaders have called on the newly elected Tory government to forget its election pledges on general practice and focus on tackling what has been described as the deepest crisis the profession has faced.

GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned the government must 'get real about the crisis facing general practice' and put aside 'populist' election pledges to expand access.

Read more: Jeremy Hunt responds to GPonline readers' questions

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