Hunt resigns as health minister

Greg Hunt has formally handed in his resignation as Minister for Health amid the current upheaval in the parliamentary Liberal Party.

Mr Hunt, who voted for Peter Dutton in Tuesday's leadership spill but verbally pledged allegiance to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in parliament yesterday, said there had been “an irretrievable loss of support” for the party's leadership over the last 24 hours.

It now appears that Mr Turnbull will stand aside and Treasurer Scott Morrison will challenge Mr Dutton for the leadership either tomorrow or Monday.

Mr Hunt was brought into the health ministry following the resignation of Sussan Ley over an expenses scandal in January 2017.

Unlike his predecessors, he was given the green light to remove the freeze on the Medicare rebate, which came into effect in July.

An informal poll of Pulse+IT readers in early June found that only 21 per cent believed he had been an effective health minister.

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