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Matt Hancock to deliver first speech as Health Secretary at West Suffolk Hospital




Matt Hancock at University College London Hospital last Tuesday after being appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Picture: @MattHancock
Matt Hancock at University College London Hospital last Tuesday after being appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Picture: @MattHancock

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock is due to deliver his first speech as Health Secretary to staff at West Suffolk Hospital tomorrow.

In his maiden speech, Mr Hancock is to announce a £487 million funding package for technology transformation in the health and social care system.

It is part of his ambition to make the NHS 'the most advanced health system in the world'.

Technology is one of three early priorities which he will set out tomorrow and also include championing NHS and social care staff as well as taking an 'holistic approach to prevention'.

Addressing NHS and social care staff at the Bury St Edmunds hospital tomorrow, Mr Hancock will say: "The nation’s health is determined by the health of the health and care workforce.

"So it is heart-breaking to see how undervalued you often feel.

"The sense of duty and public service that motivates you to go into health and care is one of the things that make the NHS the institution it is.

"I am determined that the commitment you show to your patients is matched by the commitment we show to you.

"So I have a clear message: I value you. I admire you. I will fight for you and I will champion you."

Mr Hancock was made Health Secretary in a mini cabinet reshuffle last week following the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson over Theresa May's Brexit policy.



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