Sajid Javid replaces Matt Hancock as Health Secretary

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"Flu can be a serious illness and we want to build a wall of protection by immunising a record number of people" - Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid. Photo licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

Sajid Javid has been appointed as Health Secretary after Matt Hancock quit his role having breached social distancing rules.

Mr Hancock’s resignation came after leaked CCTV showed the MP kissing aide and former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo in his departmental office. The images are said to be from 6th May which was more than a week before social distancing rules were eased around close contact indoors for people from separate households.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer and the current MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid will now lead the Covid-19 response. Bringing Mr Javid back into government means that Boris Johnson can avoid a wider shake up of his ministerial team following Mr Hancock’s departure. 

Mr Javid sais he is ‘honoured’ to have been asked to serve as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

He said it was ‘a critical time’ to take up the role and added: “I look forward to contributing to our fight against the pandemic, and serving my country from the Cabinet once again.”

The Government confirmed the appointment, saying: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.”

Mr Javid was Home Secretary from April 2018 to July 2019 when he left the role to become Chancellor and he held that post until February 13, 2020.

Before coming into politics he had a successful 18-year career in banking before he headed into politics in 2010.

The British Medical Association said Mr Javid had a “huge and urgent task ahead.”

The organisation’s chair of council Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA chair of council, said: “He must ensure completing the roll-out of the adult vaccination programme at rapid pace to control spiralling infection rates.

“He must also put forward a credible plan to tackle a backlog of care of unprecedented scale whilst at the same time rebuilding the trust of doctors and the wider healthcare workforce.”

He added frontline doctors and other staff had gone above and beyond time and time again over the course of the last 18 months, with many suffering from burnout and mental ill health as a result.

“The new Secretary of State must show he understands this challenge and must also be willing to listen to the voice of the frontline on the Government’s plans for sweeping changes in the running of the NHS in the upcoming Health and Care Bill.”

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