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Jeremy Hunt retained as Health Secretary as PM opts for familiar cabinet

The Prime Minister has confirmed that Jeremy Hunt will remain as Health Secretary.

Following a disastrous showing in the General Election, Theresa May has retained most of her cabinet in their existing positions.

Hunt has become one of the most long-serving Health Secretaries after being appointed by the Coalition Government in 2012.

Hunt remains a hugely controversial figure with NHS staff, after his continued support for austerity measures and widespread introduction of the private sector to deliver NHS services.

But, it was his support for the introduction of a seven-day service – with no extra resources – that has brought him into conflict with doctors.

The resultant junior doctors strike demotivated a generation of trainees and has done little to further the cause of ‘seven-day services’.

Hunt saw his majority cut from 28,500 in 2015 to 21,600 in Surrey South West.

However he will be joined by two new ministers at the Department of Health after previous incumbents Nicola Blackwood and David Mowat both lost their seats.

The Conservatives won 318 seats overall – short of an overall majority – with Labour second after winning 261 seats.

Question marks remain over the permanence of the ministerial appointments, with Theresa May’s leadership vulnerable to collapse over its new alliance with Northern Ireland’s DUP.

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