Matt Hancock has been named the new Health and Social Care Secretary after the promotion of Jeremy Hunt to become the new Foreign Secretary. Jeremy Hunt held the position in the Department of Health and Social care for five years and was promoted following Boris Johnson’s shock exit from Theresa May’s cabinet. Before leaving the role Mr Hunt secured a £20bn budget increase for health by 2023 – a huge increase, but experts say this still is not enough.
Mr Hancock has entered the role in an economic and staffing crisis within the NHS, and has been left with numerous issues to deal with by his predecessor. More than 1.4 million people over the age of 65 are in need of help with daily tasks such as getting dressed in the morning, brushing their teeth and washing, but do not have access to this support. Without this crucial support beds are being taken up, and cost the NHS £289m a year. Other issues Mr Hancock has to tackle as the new secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care are increasing waiting times, lack of health staff and obesity and public health.
A green paper pledge was scheduled for the summer of 2018, but has been pushed back.
For more information on the green paper pledge, please visit www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-set-out-proposals-to-reform-care-and-support
By Tamara Birch