The King's Fund responds to Jeremy Hunt's appointment as Secretary of State for Health

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Commenting on today's Cabinet reshuffle, Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive at The King’s Fund stated:

'Jeremy Hunt takes up his post with the NHS performing well after years of investment and reform. However, fundamental changes in the way care is delivered are needed if the NHS is to respond to the demands of an ageing population, changing burden of disease and rising patient expectations.

'The new Secretary of State must show political leadership by supporting the case for radical transformation in the delivery of care. Although funding pressures on the NHS and social care are an immediate and pressing concern, he must focus on addressing the longer term challenges and ensure change benefits patients.'

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