Jeremy Hunt is to remain as Secretary of State for Health following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.
In today’s cabinet reshuffle Theresa May has announced that Jeremy Hunt is to remain as the Secretary of State for Health after it was rumoured Hunt would become May’s second-in-command as the new First Minister for State.
Hunt will also have explicit responsibility for social care, which has been added to his job title – Secretary of State for Health & Social Care – this follows longstanding calls for greater integration between the NHS and social care providers in England.
Former Nurse and Conservative MP for Guildford, Ann Milton, was rumoured to become the Secretary of State for Health if Jeremy Hunt was reassigned.
Mr Hunt is the longest-serving Health Minister in history since he was promoted to Secretary of State for Health in September 2012 but has more recently found himself in an on-going row with healthcare professionals overpay.
Laura Kuenssberg, Political Editor for the BBC, said that Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt spoke about winter pressures inside Downing Street, ‘arguing passionately’ to stay within Health and take on reponsibility for sorting out social care.