West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock appointed Health Secretary
West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has been made Health Secretary by Theresa May in the wake of a string of cabinet resignations.
Mr Hancock, previously Culture Secretary, has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in Mrs May's reshuffle of her top team.
He replaces Jeremy Hunt, who has been named as the new Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson quit over Mrs May's Brexit strategy.
Brexit Secretary David Davis and several junior ministers also resigned today.
Mr Hancock said he had 'loved the last two years at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and thanked 'all the brilliant digital dynamos, artists and mission-driven civil servants, who worked so hard to achieve so much'.
He said that he was 'really looking forward' to joining the Department of Health and Social Care 'at such an important time for our great NHS'.
"I can’t wait to get started," he added.
Mr Hancock has served as Culture Secretary since January and was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018.
Mr Hunt said that he 'couldn’t ask for a better successor' than Mr Hancock to take forward the 'long term NHS plan with his brilliant understanding of the power of technology'.
"The new NHS app will be in safe hands," he added.
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