Jeremy Hunt appointed chair of Health and Social Care Committee

Former health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed chair of the Health and Social Care Committee.

Hunt, who served as health and social care secretary from 2012-2018, was elected by MPs to chair the select committee, where he will be responsible for scrutinising the government’s NHS and social care performance.

He will serve as chair for the duration of parliament, replacing former Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston.

Commenting on his appointment, Niall Dickson, NHS Confederation chief executive, said: ‘Health leaders have been clear that workforce gaps, the growing social care crisis, NHS pensions and underinvestment in capital are having a damaging knock-on impact on the NHS and patient care.

‘Jeremy has recognised that the NHS faces a period of significant pressure and his experience will play an invaluable role in scrutinising how the government tackles these challenges.’