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NHS chiefs attack health secretary for meddling in health service for political gain

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7683 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7683
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised by two of the NHS’s highest ranking officials for meddling in England’s health service to the detriment of the public.

David Prior, head of the health and social care regulator the Care Quality Commission, said that Hunt had started phoning the heads of hospital trusts that had missed targets on emergency department waiting times when figures were released on 20 December. These showed that for the week ending 15 December 94.8% of patients in England were treated within four hours of arriving at the emergency department, just short of the 95% target.1

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Prior revealed his frustration with the level of political micromanagement …

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