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Hunt: 'Chronically lonely' ignored

A "forgotten million" elderly people are "chronically lonely" as the result of being ignored by society, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

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Hunt: Forgotten million 'ignored to our national shame'

The Health Secretary will highlight the plight of the "forgotten million" who are said to be isolated or lonely.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will highlight the "national shame" of as many as 800,000 people in England who are "chronically lonely" in a speech later today.

He will tell the National Children and Adults Services: "Some five million people say television is their main form of company - that's 10% of the population.

"We know there is a broader problem of loneliness that in our busy lives we have utterly failed to confront as a society.

"Each and every lonely person has someone who could visit them and offer companionship.

"A forgotten million who live amongst us - ignored to our national shame."

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