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Hunt for new health secretary is over as Jeremy stays in post

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3946 (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3946
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Jeremy Hunt will remain health secretary for England despite a flurry of rumours that he would be sacked or at best transferred to another position.

His reappointment is seen at Westminster as a strong signal of support for Hunt’s long running disagreement with junior doctors over a new contract. Whatever his personal wishes may have been, the new UK prime minister, Theresa May, recognised that moving him would signal a lack of conviction in the dispute and embolden fresh industrial action by doctors who voted against a deal struck between Hunt and the BMA.

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” tweeted Hunt after his reappointment. “Thrilled to be back in the best job in government.”

On the morning of Thursday 14 July Hunt had undergone death by Twitter, as a series of tweeters, …

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