Jeremy Hunt in line for £15m windfall from sale of business amid NHS crisis

Jeremy Hunt. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Jeremy Hunt. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Under-fire Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could be set to pocket more than £15m from the sale of his education company as the NHS plunges into a full-blown crisis.

Mr Hunt's firm Hotcourses, a listings provider, is reportedly nearing a sale for up to £35m, according to Sky News.

The cabinet minister holds 48% of the company he co-founded, although he is not thought to play an active part in its day-to-day operation.

The timing of the potential multimillion-pound windfall comes during a difficult period for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been accused of underfunding the NHS.

Earlier this month, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens told MPs it is 'stretching it' to say the health service received more money than it asked for.

The NHS Confederation, which represents managers across England, last week said it was time the Government accepted 'limited investment' has 'consequences'.

The Royal College of Physicians has also sounded the alarm bell, warning that vital services are 'struggling or failing to cope', fuelling fears that Mr Hunt has lost control of the situation.

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The Department of Health said it did not know who was dealing with Mr Hunt's personal business empire.

Mr Hunt's £15m-plus paycheque will also sit uneasily with Mrs May pledge to crack down on excessive executive pay.

In July, Mrs May said: 'There is an irrational, unhealthy and growing gap between what these companies pay their workers and what they pay their bosses.'