Bathroom suite is not for MP’s personal use
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.”