Matt Hancock, previously the Culture Secretary, has been named as the new Health Secretary.
Matt Hancock MP has been promoted to one of the most senior and sought-after positions in government, the Secretay of State for Health and Social care, he will replace long-standing Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The news comes alongside an impromptu ‘mini-reshuffle’ by Theresa May, following the shock resignations of senior cabinet ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson earlier today.
Mr. Hancock says he is “Really looking forward” to joining the Department of Health and Social Care “at such an important time for our great NHS”.
Really looking forward to joining @DHSCgovuk at such an important time for our great NHS. I can’t wait to get started
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) July 9, 2018
The news comes on the same day that a major survey by Nursing Standard and the Sunday Mirror revealed that two-thirds of nurses say that patient care has deteriorated significantly in the past five years.
Previously an economist for George Osbourne.
Currently serving as the member of parliament for West Suffolk, Hancock has previously worked as an economist for the Bank of England before becoming an economic advisor to George Osbourne and later his Chief of Staff. The former Chancellor George Osborne was among the first to congratulate Mr Hancock on his promotion, writing on social media that he was “very proud.”
Mr. Hancock has been serving as the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since January 2018.
In 2011, Hancock voted against dropping the controversial Health and Social Care Bill and against entering cross-party talks on reforming NHS commissioning.
A statement from Downing Street this evening said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.” and “pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.”