BMA responds to new health secretary appointment


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The BMA has urged the new Health and Social Care Secretary to work with doctors to find solutions to the challenges facing the NHS.

On Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Conservative MP for West Suffolk Matthew Hancock as the new Health Secretary, following Jeremy Hunt’s appointment as Foreign Secretary.

The appointment of the former Culture Secretary to Department of Health and Social Care

represents the first change in leadership at the department in six years. Hunt was the longest serving Health secretary since the position was created.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has welcomed the appointment but stress that the new Health and Social Care Secretary must develop a positive and productive relationship with the medical profession and its representatives.

BMA Council Chair Chaand Nagpaul said: “We congratulate Mr Hancock on his appointment and look forward to working constructively with him on the development of health policies to ensure safe, high-quality patient care.”

“This appointment comes at a crucial time for the health service and doctors want to see the new Secretary of State put the NHS on a sustainable footing for the future, address the serious funding shortfall and ensure we can recruit and retain the right number of doctors, with the right support and infrastructure, to deliver high quality care for patients,” he said.