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New Health Secretary meets nurses on hospital tour

The Government's new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has visited St Thomas' Hospital in London today.

The former Culture Secretary faced questions from nurses and hospital staff.

Earlier today the Royal College of Physicians released a report detailing that emergency healthcare at hospitals is on the brink of collapse.

Tory MP and former doctor calls for report to look at community hospitals

Conservative MP and former doctor Dr Sarah Wollaston has called for today's damning Royal College of Physicians report to look into how community hospitals can be used to improve heathcare.

She wrote on Twitter:

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Labour peer: 'devastating' healthcare report

Labour peer and former health administrator, Philip Hunt has labelled today's hospital report on emergency care as "devastating".

Hospitals report raises 'serious questions', says Shadow Health Minister

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, in response to the publication of the Royal College of Physicians' report warning that emergency care in hospitals is on the brink of collapse, has said:

This report is right to raise serious questions about the sustainability of our hospitals.

The Government should be doing all it can to relieve the pressure on hospitals, particularly A&E wards, but instead it has thrown the NHS into turmoil with an unnecessary re-organisation of the back office. Eyes have been taken off patient care as Ministers lost a grip on NHS finances and obsessed over structures instead of patients.

David Cameron needs to get an urgent grip on the chaos in the NHS. Patients and staff deserve better.

Health Minister: 'Govt to focus on acute care'

We are modernising the NHS so it can continue to do more and improve care - putting doctors and nurses, those who best understand the needs of patients, in charge of improving the NHS.

To properly provide dignity in care for older people, we need to see more care delivered at home and in the community.

Already we are seeing more patients treated as day cases and more patients receiving improved care outside hospitals.

– Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter
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