Bath­room suite is not for MP’s personal use

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JEREMY Hunt has de­nied re­ports the new De­part­ment of Health build­ing will in­clude a £44,000 bath­room suite for his own use.

A pri­vate bath­room com­plete with de­signer toi­let, power shower and sen­sor-ac­ti­vated lights has been com­mis­sioned for the Health Sec­re­tary in the de­part­ment’s new Vic­to­ria of­fices, The Sun re­ports. The De­part­ment of Health, cur­rently based in White­hall, was un­able to give de­tails about plans for a suite, and did not con­firm how much it would cost, who it would be for or where it would be lo­cated. Mr Hunt, who is also MP for South West Sur­rey, tweeted: “To­day’s @TheSun story to­tally false.

“TRUE I re­quested shower for long dist cy­clists in new Dept Health of­fices (as in cur­rent of­fice).

“FALSE it was for my own use. My cy­cle 2work only 10 mins so no need to ‘freshen up’ as story el­e­gantly says. But let’s en­cour­age cy­clists!”

The story comes at a time of in­creased fi­nan­cial pres­sure on the de­part­ment and loom­ing cuts to the NHS, which has been told to make £22 bil­lion in ef­fi­ciency sav­ings by 2020.

A spokesman for the De­part­ment of Health said: “The Health Sec­re­tary has not ap­proved any costs re­lat­ing to the de­part­ment’s new build­ing. [He] has re­quested fa­cil­i­ties for all cy­clists and run­ners.”

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