This Westminster Health Forum seminar will discuss the future of funding in the NHS, looking at priority areas, productivity and integration.
Hunt ‘promoted’ as Hancock moves to Health
Having secured £20 billion in NHS investment and become the longest serving Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has been promoted to Foreign Secretary following Boris Johnson’s resignation.
In a day of controversial resignations and cabinet reshuffles, Hunt’s move to the Foreign Office has prompted the Prime Minister to appoint Matt Hancock, previously Culture Secretary, as his replacement. Having just been awarded funding as part of the NHS 70 anniversary celebrations, it appears the most difficult part of Hancock’s opening few weeks and months will be to ensure equal attention is given to the social care crisis.
Hunt, who was a Remain campaigner during the EU referendum, has said that he is a convert to the Brexit cause and is standing ‘four square’ behind Theresa May and the agreement she presented as Chequers on 6 June.
That agreement instigated the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, who has now been replaced by former Housing Minister Dominic Raab. It has not escaped attention that most of the top cabinet posts are now held by those who were in favour of remaining part of the European Union. Brexit minister Steve Baker and two ministerial aides also resigned.
While Hancock’s health experience may be lacking in comparison with Hunt, who some believe may still have his eyes set on No. 10, Hancock proved very popular and involved at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where upon becoming Culture Secretary he launched his own smartphone app to better ‘connect’ with his constituents. His digital background and enthusiasm could prove very beneficial in promoting the equal distribution and promotion of technology and innovation in all areas of the health service.