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Jeremy Hunt says NHS was a ‘rogue system’ during his time as health secretary | Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has described sitting on the high of a “rogue system” when he was health secretary and stated he was “shocked to his core” by failures in care.

The present chair of the Commons health and social care committee stated a worry of transparency and honesty within the NHS in relation to avoidable deaths and errors is a “major structural problem” that should be addressed, in an excerpt from his new e-book revealed within the Sunday Times.

In the e-book, Zero: Eliminating Unnecessary Deaths in a Post-Pandemic NHS, Hunt stated the “corrosive consequences of such thinking” have been cover-ups that the Department of Health and NHS “were complicit” in.

“Too often managers who had failed were recycled to jobs in a different part of the country, where they continued to make the same mistakes. And because of the secrecy, the wheels of change ground slowly,” he stated.

“It was not about rogue staff or a rogue hospital. It was about a rogue system. A rogue system that I, as health secretary, sat at the top of.”

Hunt stated he was “shocked to his core” by failures in care, together with avoidable deaths.

He warned that in relation to modifications within the health service “the foundation of any reforms must be to improve the quality as well as the quantity of care delivered”.

In latest days, the ex-cabinet minister has refused to rule himself out of a future Tory management contest.

Hunt was Boris Johnson’s strongest opponent for the highest job within the celebration in 2019, and has been touted as a potential candidate ought to there be one other contest.

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