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Hunt says financial pressures on NHS are “worst ever”

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 17 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4979
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The financial pressures on the NHS are at their worst ever but the health service will balance its books by the end of this financial year, the health secretary has told MPs.

Jeremy Hunt appeared before the parliamentary health select committee on 15 September for an oral evidence inquiry session on the work of the health secretary.

In a wide ranging discussion MPs challenged Hunt on various topics including a seven day a week NHS, staff pay, efficiency savings, deficits, GP workload pressures, agency staffing costs, public health, social care, winter pressures, mental health, and staff morale.

In frank responses, Hunt acknowledged record pressures on NHS finances and said that staff morale was low, …

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