Mr Hunt has also criticised the “uberisation” of GP services, which he says forces patients to see a different doctor every time they book an appointment.
He has criticised the lack of continuity of care in general practice and said it is “fundamentally safer” to make a diagnosis if you know the patient’s context.
Mr Hunt has long called for an overhaul of the social care system, arguing that “failure to resolve the sector’s many problems would be much costlier in the long term”.
He said that while the social care sector “bore the brunt” of the pandemic, many of its underlying issues pre-dated Covid.
He has said there are 1.5 million people not getting the care they need and that all political parties, including the Conservatives, have “failed to deliver on repeated promises” of social care reform because it is not seen as a priority.
He has said that local councils need a long-term funding deal – similar to the 10-year plan for the NHS agreed in 2018 – rather than having money allocated to them in a “piecemeal” way to care for the elderly.
Mr Hunt believes that there should be a cap on the total care costs anyone has to pay to remove the “postcode lottery of diseases”, which sees cancer sufferers have all their costs met while those with dementia sometimes have to sell their home.
Mr Hunt has been critical of the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling it a display of “overt weakness”.
And he said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “the biggest failure of Western foreign and security policy in our lifetimes”, and argued that the policy of deterrence failed to stop Vladimir Putin.
Writing in The Telegraph in March, he adopted a hawkish position on foreign policy, saying that “peace comes from strength, not luck”.
Mr Hunt was also against the Prime Minister’s policy to temporarily reducing foreign aid from 0.7 per cent of national income to 0.5 per cent.
He was among a group of rebel MPs to back an amendment to the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (Aria) Bill, legislation that establishes a new “high-risk, high reward” research agency backed with £800 million of taxpayers’ cash to explore new ideas.