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Hunt's complacency jibe rejected by doctors

12th March 2013

The president of the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Richard Thompson, has responded to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's criticism that many NHS trusts accepted "mediocrity".


In a speech last week Mr Hunt said the health service needed to address "mediocrity and low expectations before they turn into failure and tragedy".

"I would never describe the majority of hospitals or wards in the NHS as mediocre - but I do believe our system fails to challenge low aspirations in too many parts of the system."

Sir Richard said in response that while Mr Hunt was correct to call out variations in the treatment standards at health service hospitals, he was not right to say they accepted mediocre performance.

"This is not my experience. Most trusts are struggling to cope with an impossible burden of a relentlessly increasing workload coupled with financial restrictions," he added.

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