The 50-year-old minister has had a private bathroom #8211; boasting floor-to-ceiling slate tiles and sensor-activated lights #8211; installed at the Department of Health’s new offices.
Its lighting system has been wired with sensors which automatically switch on when he walks in.
The new £25million Health Ministry HQ in central London’s Victoria already has showers for staff in the basement near the bike racks.
John O’Connell, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, added: “It is an absurd amount to spend when the building already has perfectly adequate facilities.”
But the Oxford-educated politician reportedly demanded that his office, which has magnificent views over the capital, has its own facilities so he can freshen up undisturbed after cycling to work.
Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery told The Sun: “It is outrageous that Jeremy Hunt, who has overseen an average real term cut of 14 per cent in nurses’ pay, is spending £44,000 on a ministerial bathroom.”