Matt Hancock has replaced Jeremy Hunt as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care with the departing secretary of state following this weeks resignations of Brexit supporting Secretaries David Davis and Boris Johnson. One of Hunt’s final successes as health secretary was securing an extra £20bn a year for the NHS pledged by Theresa May last month.
Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government
Martin Green, CEO of Care England, said: “Care England is looking forward to working with the new Secretary of State, to ensure that social care is seen as a high priority within the Department.
“Despite having changed its name to the Department Of Health and Social Care, we have seen little evidence of anything other than a focus on the NHS. We hope that the new Secretary of State will give equal attention to both elements of his new portfolio.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says:
‘Having already shown his commitment by becoming a Dementia Friend, Alzheimer’s Society looks to the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to deliver real change for people with dementia who, for too long, have been treated as second class citizens by our health and social care system.’