Matt Hancock replaces Jeremy Hunt as health and social care secretary

Health and social care newcomer Matt Hancock MP is the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, replacing Jeremy Hunt.

The West Suffolk Conservative MP moves from digital, culture, media and sport after just six months in the top post, following the shock resignations of Cabinet members David Davis and Boris Johnson. Prior to that Mr Hancock held a more junior post in digital. 

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Given so little to play with, Hunt deserves credit for helping to keep the show on the road, but the health service – better in many ways – has also slipped back when it comes to meeting many of its core standards.

“His successor has one overwhelming challenge – how to help the NHS and the social care system to become sustainable in the face of rising demand and a severe workforce crisis.”

Since entering government in September 2012 Mr Hanock has served in a number of roles, including for skills and business, and as paymaster general. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government.

Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Matt is married to Martha and has three young children. He is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012. He is an avid cricketer and plays for the Lords & Commons Cricket team. Matthew once played the most northerly game of cricket on record, and succumbed to frostbite en route to the Pole. He retains all his fingers.

 

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