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Worn down: The Health Secretary has faced a barrage of criticism over the performance of the NHS during the winter [Image: PA].

Will Professor Hawking take the opportunity to make a few of the points that Ralf Little has, in his Twitter dialogues with Mr Hunt, I wonder?

It would be a hard blow for the Health Secretary, who has sidestepped attempts to get him to account for his failures – which are legion – online, only to have to provide evidence about them in a court of law.

Whatever happens, this will be humiliation for Hunt – and it can’t come soon enough.

Professor Stephen Hawking has won permission to take Jeremy Hunt and NHS England to court over controversial proposals to restructure the health service.

Mr Hunt has tabled a plan which could allow commercial companies to run health and social services across a whole region in what critics have described as allowing back-door privatisation.

Leading healthcare professionals and Professor Hawking have argued an act of parliament is required, allowing MPs and Lords to scrutinise the proposals, before the policy is implemented and any changes to regulations are made.

Lawyers from the Department of Health and NHS England have rejected these claims but a court has now ruled that a full judicial review will be granted to determine the lawfulness of Mr Hunt’s proposals.

Source: Stephen Hawking and leading doctors taking Jeremy Hunt to court over NHS ‘back door privatisation’


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