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.

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'81% rise' in over-90s needing ambulances

The number of over-90s needing to go to hospital by ambulance has risen 81% since 2009/10, according to new data. Labour claims this is a result of cuts to social care funding. But ministers blamed flawed GP contracts brought in by Labour in 2004.