UK can have a '1948 moment' after the pandemic

The former health minister has suggested the country may have a “1948 moment” after Covid.

Jeremy Hunt said the coronavirus could be an opportunity for Britain to reform much like Clement Attlee’s Labor government after World War II.

On Sky News’ Sophy Ridge program, he said, “I think he (Sir Keir) is a very serious threat, a much greater threat than it has been for many years, in fact, since Tony Blair, I would definitely say that, yes.

“On the other hand, this could be a very exciting time for this country and if you look at what I believe is widely recognized as the most successful Labor government since the war, the Attlee government, you have the country in one Country led time after a major crisis, World War II.

“They showed tremendous imagination in setting up the NHS in 1948. I think we could make this a moment for the country of 1948 when we get out of this crisis by completely reforming the welfare system and giving it an adequate 10- . Annual plan that addresses the problems of the NHS workforce and brings our cancer survival rates to the level of France and Germany.

“I think sometimes there are opportunities in these terrible crises and if we seize those opportunities Boris Johnson can really show the country that we are the NHS party, which I would love to do.”

Mr Hunt also said the UK needs to become more effective in getting people to isolate when asked to.

When asked about border controls announced by the government last week, he said, “The big point here is that we have an advantage because we are an island and it is much easier for us to travel in and out of the country than for countries with many land borders.

“The lesson from this virus is that the countries that have been the most successful were the countries in East Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and they were very, very quick to impose travel restrictions.

“That’s not the only thing they’ve done. They’ve taken the whole business of quarantining people who are potentially contagious much more seriously, and I would say the borders are a void we’re starting to close.”

“But another very, very big one is the fact that Dido Harding only said this week that 40% of people asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace don’t, and that’s about 240,000 people a week. By the way, some of them will still work.

“I think one of the big things we have to look at is how much, much more effectively we can get people to isolate what we need.”

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