Jeremy Hunt visits Weston General Hospital

PUBLISHED: 15:27 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:58 02 August 2017

Jeremy Hunt has been at Weston General Hospital today (Wednesday).

Jeremy Hunt has been at Weston General Hospital today (Wednesday).

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a visit to Weston General Hospital today (Wednesday).

Mr Hunt has been speaking with staff, with the overnight closure of Weston’s A&E department sure to be one of the topics being discussed.

MORE: Weston’s A&E closure – everything you need to know.

Little under a month ago, the hospital announced A&E would close from between 10pm and 8am, as a result of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, which ruled its emergency services as ‘inadequate’.

The hospital’s chief executive James Rimmer said the temporary closure would allow it to ‘re-build and re-develop’ the department.

The Department of Health tweeted about the visit and said Mr Hunt says ‘changing hospital culture to one of learning and transparency is key to patient safety’.

Jeremy Hunt departing from North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Matt SmartJeremy Hunt departing from North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Matt Smart

This visit comes after the Government handed Weston General £842,600 to cope with the increased demand over the winter months.

Mr Hunt has been visiting a number of hospitals across the South West.

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