The King's Fund response to the Secretary of State for Health remaining in his post

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Commenting on the news that Jeremy Hunt will remain in his post as Secretary of State for Health, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:

‘Jeremy Hunt faces some formidable challenges. He is on record as saying the NHS will need more money and he must now lead an honest debate with the public about what the health service can deliver with its budget. This means reviewing current priorities and avoiding making new commitments which cannot be funded.

‘Tackling the growing crisis in social care will be a key test of the Prime Minister’s promise of a country that works for everyone and must move much higher up his agenda. He must reignite the stalled debate on funding reform and make the case to his Cabinet colleagues for it to be a key priority for the government.

‘The Secretary of State will need to provide exceptional political leadership by supporting radical changes to NHS services and making the case for a new settlement for health and social care that provide adequate funding to meet current and future needs. He must also rebuild trust with NHS staff, especially junior doctors, to ensure that a motivated, engaged workforce delivers the best possible care for patients.’

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