Ex-Labour And Tory Health Secretaries Unite To Condemn Jeremy Hunt For Mental Health Promises

Jeremy Hunt has been accused by nine former health secretaries of failing to solve the country’s “mental health crisis”.

The Labour and Conservative ex-cabinet ministers have been joined by a host of some of the most senior and experienced health specialists in condemning the current Health Secretary.

In a letter in today’s Times, the group said they were “alarmed and dismayed” that promises made under the last government had not been delivered.

Andy Burnham, Kenneth Clarke, Alastair Campbell and the Tory Chair of the Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston were among the high-profile figures to urge the Government to ditch their “warm words” and instead tackle “the same enduring injustice” of cutting mental health trusts’ budgets.  

They, and 15 others, including two former chief executives of the NHS, wrote on Friday: “A year ago, 250 leaders from across society came together to highlight the current gross disadvantage suffered by those with mental ill health within our NHS.

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