Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Jeremy Hunt was the longest serving Health Secretary, holding the post between 2012 and 2018. He went on to be Foreign Secretary and a candidate to be leader of the Conservative Party when Theresa May stepped down from office. In his time in office his principal focus was patient safety. He introduced Ofsted-rankings for hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries, set up the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, introduced the Statutory Duty of Candour and Freedom to Speak Up Guardians amongst many reforms designed to create a just culture when it came to issues of patient safety. As Foreign Secretary he persuaded the WHO’s World Health Assembly to vote for the creation of an annual Patient Safety Day which now happens on September 17th every year. This year’s World Patient Safety Day was marked in 87 countries with 130 monuments worldwide lit up in orange to mark this year’s theme of Health Worker safety. He has been the Member of Parliament for South West Surrey since 2005 and established Patient Safety Watch in 2019.
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