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The Commons today: a dirty fight

A poisonous atmosphere in the House met the Health Secretary's statement on the Keogh report

By Jay Elwes  

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, gave a statement to the House today, and the proceedings were very bad tempered indeed.

Hunt said that as a result of the report released today by Sir Bruce Keogh, 14 hospitals would be put under close scrutiny. Of those, 11 would be placed in “special measures,” the most stringent possible outcome. The hospitals in question were read out by the Secretary of State, as if in a roll call of shame, ranging from North Cumbria to Medway. These hospitals would be inspected…

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