Jeremy Hunt – health secretary, or Horseman of the Apocalypse?

If only he were offering to lock himself in a very small cell, using that very small key, never to emerge: Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for poor health advice [Image: Getty].

If only he were offering to lock himself in a very small cell, using that very small key, never to emerge: Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for poor health advice [Image: Getty].

We should be hammering on the doors of Parliament, demanding the resignation – if not the head – of hapless health bungler Jeremy Hunt.

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.”

Source: Jeremy Hunt’s advice to parents ‘could put lives at risk’, doctors say | UK | News | The Independent

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11 thoughts on “Jeremy Hunt – health secretary, or Horseman of the Apocalypse?

  1. Neilth

    Hunt is truly an idiot. He believes in homeopathy and thinks it should be mainstream medicine. So a solution of some herb or even poison diluted down so many times it is basically pure water can cure real illnesses?

    Hunt has no understanding of science or empirical proof.

    Even more of an idiot is the fool who appointed a complete ignoramous to such a crucial post. Stand up CaMoron and explain why it was a good idea to put, and even worse keep, in position a fool whose uninformed pronouncements are truly a real danger to life.

    Not content with culling the poor unwell through the good offices of Ian Duncan Smith CaMoron has seen a way of killing off even more of the population with the added bonus that he can discredit the NHS in the process with the express intention of replacing it with private medicine to the benefit of himself and his Tory party donating puppet masters.

  2. timeless

    in the past when lve spoken to my GP lve always mentioned that when l have medical issues that l will look up online for information, and there has always been one warning lve always been given by various GPs lve spoke to and that is “NEVER self diagnose using the internet!”

    now granted lve always followed up with that when l have that l use the internet for purely informational purposes, its always useful to gather information online when it comes to medical issues but as a rule of thumb, always leave the diagnosis to the professionals because not all information online is true, if it were we wouldnt need as many doctors.. telling the public to diagnose themselves is dangerous at best, and for a minister to suggest this is disgusting and lets face it can have catastrophic and potentially fatal consequences.

  3. David

    The half-wit has made the assumption that everybody is on-line/computer literate. Oxbridge learly has done much for his thought processes

  4. casalealex

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are personified concepts that have their own insensibilities.

    They can manifest by mimicking human form. They are respectively known as: War (Cam), Famine (Gid), Pestilence (Hun), and Death (IDS). 

    Will we soon be able to perform minor operations through Google?

  5. Michael Broadhurst

    not only the the obvious dangers,but these numbskulls seem to think everyone has a computer.

  6. Jonno R

    So why are we not hammering on the doors of parliament? We should have done this as soon as it was made clear that this government is a ship of fools at best and possibly a bunch of Nazi thugs determined to comit murder hidden by policy.
    Does anybody know a mechanism to remove a government that is clearly corrupt and causing harm to the population and treasury?

    If there isn’t then we have no hope other than to break the law and temporarily lower ourselves to their level and remove them by force, revolution or raising crowd sourced funds for assassinations.

  7. Michael Broadhurst

    its time the army and police turned on these, doing their dirty work for them, whilst all the time they are cutting their jobs behind their backs.
    i’m beginning to think that Jonno R’s solution is the only way.

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