Foreign secretary is under pressure to answer questions over a ‘Fizz with Liz’ event held at a private members’ club The NHS has been “absent” from the Conservative leadership contest, the former health secretary,Jeremy Hunt, said at a time when “staff shortages and morale have never been worse” in the health service. Hunt, who is backing Sunak in the race, warned that “after energy bills the biggest issue facing the new prime minister will be a looming winter crisis”. If the NHS continues this spiral of decline with ambulances, A&Es & GP surgeries all in serious crisis, we’ll see avoidable deaths mount up this winter. Staff know there’s no silver bullet, but they need to know there’s a plan. Make flexible working automatic across the NHS so we don’t drive staff with young families to become locums or agency nurses, which is often the only way they can juggle work and home life. Continue reading... ..