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Matt Hancock to remain as health secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Health secretary Matt Hancock will keep his role as secretary of state for health and social care in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new cabinet.

The new Prime Minister sacked over half of Theresa May’s cabinet yesterday evening, but Mr Hancock survived the cull which saw a new chancellor, home secretary and foreign secretary.

The minister tweeted that it was a ‘great honour to be asked to drive forward the health and care of the nation’.

Mr Hancock, who was appointed health secretary in July 2018, initially ran against Boris Johnson in the new leadership race, but pulled out on 14 June.

He previously held the position of digital, culture, media and sport minister from January 2018, and prior to that was a junior minister in the department.

Over the past few months, Mr Hancock has pledged to fix pension tax problems by April 2020, to look at setting a deadline for recruiting 5,000 extra GPs, and pledged £150m to improve NHS IT resilience.

Readers' comments (6)

  • We are all deeply overjoyed to hear this.

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  • bury what you really believe for your own personal gain.

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  • Vinci Ho

    I am not entirely sure whether Robocop is really that ‘happy’ about carrying on in the same position as health secretary is always the ‘sh***ty job nobody wants ‘ . Robocop certainly has pledged 100% loyalty to MojoBojo . Question is why he didn’t get a more essential role in the cabinet?🤨🤪😂

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  • doctordog.

    Disappointed. I thought at least we would have got someone who was qualified for the job.

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  • Have we not long since learnt that it doesn't matter who is in what post? They're either Blue or Red and will toe the line regardless.

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  • Oh good, he promised to sort out the pension fiasco

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