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NHS Health Check: Hunt says NHS problems ‘unacceptable’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has conceded the NHS in England is facing “completely unacceptable” problems.

He said there was “no excuse” for some of the difficulties highlighted during the BBC’s NHS week, and the government had a plan to help hospitals cope.

A series of reports have revealed lengthening waits in A&E and patients being left for hours on trolleys.

Sir Robert Francis QC, who investigated failings in Mid Staffordshire, said the NHS was facing an “existential crisis”.

However, in an exclusive interview with the BBC, Mr Hunt said the key was to treat more people “at home and in the community” to ease the burden on hard-pressed hospitals.

He said there was already a “big transformation programme” under way, but conceded it would take time.

Mr Hunt was speaking at the end of a week in which the BBC has revealed:

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