Rejoice! Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told Radio 4’s Today programme this morning that this was “likely to be [his] last big job in politics”.
He went on to say:
Health secretaries are never popular, you’re never going to win a contest for being the most liked person when you’re doing this job. But what history judges is did you take the tough and difficult decisions that enables the NHS to deliver high quality care for patients.
News flash for Hunt: health secretaries can be popular – when they’re not pushing ‘reforms’ opposed by the vast majority of the profession and public.
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Reacting to the interview, the editor of the Health Service Journal said that Hunt was on his way out
The iv @Jeremy_Hunt has just given to BBC is VV important. By signalling he doesn't want new cab post, he becomes MUCH easier 2 reshuffle
— Alastair McLellan (@HSJEditor) April 26, 2016
Others said Hunt had signalled he was never going to run for Tory leader.
But Labour MP Toby Perkins summed it up best
If Jeremy Hunt hasn't taken Private Healthcare shilling within 3 years of leaving parliament I'll eat a conker. https://t.co/kzzR8Wxw9L
— Toby Perkins (@tobyperkinsmp) April 26, 2016
Is a fat private-sector job beckoning, Mr Hunt?