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25.07.19

NHS Providers praises Matt Hancock health secretary re-appointment

Deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, has responded to the re-appointment of Matt Hancock as secretary of state for health and social care by newly-appointed prime minister Boris Johnson.

Ms Cordery said: “Matt Hancock’s re-appointment as secretary of state for health and social care provides important continuity for the NHS at a key time.

“Mr Hancock has been quick to acknowledge many of the challenges the service faces, including the priorities he set out when he first took on the job - workforce, technology and prevention.

“As implementation of the NHS long term plan gets underway, his experience of the NHS and encouragement of innovation will be a great strength for the service as it seeks to transform services to meet 21st century needs.

“It was encouraging too to hear the new prime minister commit to tackling the crisis in social care, and acknowledge the need for action on NHS capital investment. We also hope to see a fast resolution to the NHS pension problem which is top of everyone’s minds.

“We look forward to building on our good relationship with Mr Hancock, and to welcoming him to our annual conference and exhibition in Manchester in October.”

(Image credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images)

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