His latest calamity is a claim that parents in need of urgent medical help could look online for help with their child’s rash.
This advice – potentially fatal if a child has meningitis and it isn’t diagnosed properly and quickly – prompted the #GPnotGoogle campaign on Twitter amid an outpouring of scorn and demands, by qualified doctors, for a retraction.
Hunt’s list of failures had previously culminated in a tweet that could potentially have led to him being prosecuted for contempt of court – an incident that happened only days before this.
The man is a threat to public health and must be eliminated from the government before he does his reputation – and the general public – any further damage.
Jeremy Hunt has been condemned by doctors for offering “ludicrous” and “potentially fatal advice” to parents who suspect their children of having a rash.
The Health Secretary, who yesterday admitted that the NHS out-of-ours hotline needed more doctors and nurses to prevent another tragedy like the death of one-year-old William Mead, said that the public were confused about where they could get urgent medical help.
However, he then suggested parents could look online to determine the severity of their child’s rash, attracting considerable criticism from medical professionals.
The comments, which were published in the Daily Mail, have led to claims that Mr Hunt is encouraging parents to “Google” symptoms – and putting lives at risk.
Dr Hamed Khan, an emergency department doctor at St Georges hospital in London told The Independent the Health Secretary’s comments could “potentially put lives at risk”.
Dr Khan said: “I see lots of children with rashes. I am worried that parents will take the Health Secretary’s advice, and potentially miss very serious illnesses like meningitis – which could have fatal consequences. The Health Secretary should publicly retract this statement, and accept that it was a grave error of judgement.”
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