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Hunt blames Labour over rise in OAPs going to hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that too many elderly people were ending up in hospital because of the flawed GP contracts introduced by the Labour government.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt blames Labour. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Hunt told the Daily Telegraph: “Labour’s disastrous 2004 GP contract left many vulnerable elderly patients without good out-of-hours care, so it’s rank hypocrisy for them now to complain about the consequences of their historic mistake.

"We have ripped up that contract and are bringing back proper family doctoring, with named GPs for older people to help relieve A&E pressures.”

He added that they allowed family doctors to abandon responsibility for out-of-hours care.

'Two years of chaotic care' worsened man's poor health

A patient passed away after "two years of chaotic care" which could have been prevented if he had one doctor to oversee his care, the health secretary will say later today.

In a speech the health secretary is expected to use the patient's case as an example of why patients should have a whole stay doctor.

One letter I got last March was from a lady whose husband sadly passed away after what can only be described as two years of chaotic care.

Her husband was passed around the system from clinician to clinician, with no-one appearing to know anything of his needs or history.

One example of this was his diarrhoea: it started in January, but it wasn't till November that he finally got the operation to sort it out.

– Jeremy Hunt


Cross-party support for Mitchell to return to Cabinet

Senior MPs on both sides of the green benches for Andrew Mitchell to be reappointed to the Cabinet after a police officer admitting to falsely claiming to have witnessed the 'plebgate' row between the former Chief Whip and officers:


Delighted Andrew Mitchell vindicated after long and tough time fighting against system. Must never again - to cab minister or anyone


Vindication for Andrew Mitchell: I sincerely hope he is re-appointed to the Cabinet.

Mitchell 'pleased that justice has been done'**

Hunt: Miliband's energy price freeze promise 'a con'

Jeremy Hunt said Labour leader Ed Miliband's promise of an energy price freeze "is actually a con".

"If you have a price freeze, they put the price up before the price freeze and then when the freeze finishes, they put it up again", he told Daybreak.

The Health Secretary said the Government wants to "make promises to people that we can keep" and "do something that really brings down people's energy bills".

Best and worst places for dementia care released

The Government will publish an interactive online map detailing the state of dementia care in different parts of the country, the health secretary has announced.

The Government hopes the map will increase transparency in dementia care. Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt hopes the map will improve transparency as dementia diagnoses rise, with the World Health Organisation estimating the number of people worldwide living with dementia could more than treble to 115.4 million by 2050.

The Tory health secretary said allowing patients to see which parts of England were guilty of "poor performance" would help tackle what he calls a health and care "time bomb".

Fewer than half of people living with dementia have a diagnosis, official figures show, and the rate has improved only slightly - from 46% to 48% - over the last two years.

Even that increase masks wide discrepancies across different areas - with the best performing almost twice as well as the worst - 75% versus 39%.

Read more: Hunt: 'chronically lonely' ignored


Medical accident charity 'dismayed' at NHS measures

The charity Action Against Medical Accidents says it is "dismayed" that the legal duty of candour on NHS organisations is to be restricted only to death or severe harm cases.

It wants a full duty of candour for all errors and one which applies to everyone in an organisation.

It said the "vast majority of incidents which cause significant harm would not be covered by this rule, meaning that organisations would be breaking no statutory rule in covering up such incidents".

Cure the NHS campaigner: 'We are disappointed'

Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital in 2007, has said she is disappointed with the government's response to the public inquiry into the deaths at the hospital

The Cure the NHS campaigner told ITV News "We are disappointed, we know the NHS has come a long way since 2007 but we don't feel we've got enough here.

"We wanted five key recommendations, just one of those would have done us and that was legal protection for whistleblowers....doctors and nurses have got to feel safe to speak out."

Labour: Govt could have 'gone further' with NHS reforms

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said the Government's reforms for the NHS outlined today do not go far enough.

In response to Jeremy Hunt's statement outlining the recommendations of the Francis report that will implemented, he said:

"What happened at Mid Staffs was a betrayal of the NHS and its values. The last Government rightly apologised but now is the time to back our words with action.

That is why, while welcoming much of what you have said, it is my job to press you on where we feel you could have gone further and question why of the 290 Francis recommendations, 86 are not being implemented in full."

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