Jeremy No-Mates gets a taste of some bitter medicine

”At times like these you can almost feel sorry for the health secretary. It can’t be much fun being Jeremy No-Mates. Disliked by everyone working in the NHS and kept at arm’s length by cabinet colleagues who fear his failure might be contagious, Hunt is a man on borrowed time. If the Tories weren’t in such a mess, with the Maybot all but invisible and ministers locked in a death spiral of briefing and counter-briefing, Hunt would have almost certainly been out on his ear by now.”

”Judging by how miserable he looked at his first departmental questions of the new parliament, there is nothing Hunt would like more than some time out of office. It’s just his bad luck that there’s no one in authority to fire him. Hunt knows he just can’t win. Even if he were able to rustle up a 2% pay rise for doctors and nurses, the damage was already done. It would be too little, too late; money doled out grudgingly that would only just keep pace with inflation. No one was going to thank him for a pay rise that merely stopped them getting steadily less broke.”

“The 150,000 EU nationals working in our health and care services do a brilliant job,” he said, “and we want them to continue doing it.”

In which case, why was he doing his best to drive most of them out of the country, asked Labour’s Heidi Alexander. “The truth is that EU staff no longer want to come here,” she said. “Doctors and nurses are leaving in their droves. This staffing crisis has not materialised out of thin air but is directly attributable to his actions and the actions of his government over the past seven years.”

This was too much for Hunt. It wasn’t his fault. Nothing was his fault. He’d only ever tried to do his best. If she wanted someone to blame she could start somewhere else. “The honourable lady may have noticed a little thing called Brexit that happened last year, which is the cause of understandable concern,” he said snippily.”

AdamFrank 4 Jul 2017
It would help if Jeremy Hunt hadn’t written the book on privatising the NHS:

Mind you, he’s behind Oliver Letwin’s NHS-elimination schedule:

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