Jeremy Hunt described being at the top of a “rogue system” when he was health secretary and said he was “deeply shocked” by failures in care.
The current chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee said the fear of transparency and honesty in the NHS when it comes to preventable deaths and errors is a “major structural problem” that must be addressed, in an excerpt from his newly published book. in The Times of Sunday.
In the book, Zero: Eliminating Needless Deaths in a Post-Pandemic NHS, Hunt said the “corrosive consequences of such thinking” were cover-ups in which the Department of Health and the NHS “were complicit”.
“Many times, managers who failed were recycled to jobs in a different part of the country where they continued to make the same mistakes. And because of secrecy, the wheels of change move slowly,” he said.
It wasn’t dishonest staff or a dishonest hospital. It was about a dishonest system. A rogue system that I, as secretary of health, was at the top of.Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
“This was not dishonest staff or a dishonest hospital. It was about a dishonest system. A rogue system in which I, as health secretary, was at the top.”
Hunt said he was “deeply shocked” by failures in care, including preventable deaths.
He warned that when it comes to changes in the health service, “the foundation of any reform must be to improve the quality and quantity of care provided.”
In recent days, the former minister has refused to exclude himself from a future contest for the conservative leadership.
Hunt was Johnson’s strongest opponent for the party’s top job in 2019 and was touted as a possible candidate in the event of another race.