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Hunt promises more transparency and fewer targets in “more human” NHS

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 17 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3885
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has promised more transparency and fewer targets as part of his vision for a seven day “more human” NHS.

In a speech at the King’s Fund, which he described as his most important to date, the health secretary said that the NHS was facing a “Reformation moment.”1 As he outlined his bold plan, which he says will transform the service over the next 25 years, Hunt said that he wanted the NHS to become “the world’s largest learning organisation supporting the world’s most powerful patients.”

But he set himself on a collision course with the BMA by threatening to impose changes to doctors’ contracts that would remove consultants’ ability to opt out of weekend working, unless the association agreed a deal with the government within six weeks.2

Hunt said that the move to seven day working across the NHS was central to his plans to reduce the number of …

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