Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, the cabinet minister called on the country to remain “optimistic and positive” about Brexit and how it could transform the NHS.
First, he bashed Jeremy Corbyn and his chances of delivering a favourable exit deal.
Jeremy Hunt said the future of the NHS relied on a "good" Brexit deal
We can with a good Brexit see the economy go from strength to strength
He asked: “In these Brexit negotiations, who is going to protect those jobs, lock in that economic growth?
“Is it a strong Theresa May, who’s doing that, or is it going to be Jeremy Corbyn, who I’m afraid many people think would be totally incapable of doing that job.”
Mr Hunt said coming out of Brexit with a good deal would prove “vital” for the UK’s health services.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
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Theresa May meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker earlier this year
“We can with a good Brexit see the economy go from strength to strength,” he said. “I think we must be optimistic and positive about what Brexit can deliver for our economy.
“And as far as the NHS is concerned, it’s absolutely vital that that happens because, in the end, if we want to have the safest, highest quality healthcare service in the world then a modern Conservative government will invest in that.”
The comments come after a stark warning of a “bad” Brexit deal potentially harming the NHS.
He told iNews: “Everyone cares passionately about the NHS. They also know there’s not a magic money tree.
“And in the end, the Brexit negotiations will determine whether our economy stays strong and we can carry on putting more money into the NHS, which is what people want.”