Sajid Javid resigns as Health Secretary, Steve Barclay appointed

pharmafile | July 6, 2022 | News story | Research and Development  

Steve Barclay former chief of staff at Number 10 Downing Street, has been appointed new Health Secretary, following the resignation of former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, on the evening of 5 July. This follows a number of high-profile cabinet resignations.

Javid’s resignation arrives just three weeks following the former Health Secretary’s laying out of a vision for the year ahead, saying that he could “no longer continue in good conscience”. Javid informed the Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he had lost confidence in him, and posted his resignation letter to Twitter.

Mr Barclay commented: “It is an honour to take up the position of Health and Social Care Secretary.

“Our NHS and social care staff have showed us time and again – throughout the pandemic and beyond – what it means to work with compassion and dedication to transform lives. 

“This government is investing more than ever before in our NHS and care services to beat the COVID-19 backlogs, recruit 50,000 more nurses, reform social care and ensure patients across the country can access the care they need.”

Barclay served as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 2016 to 2017, and Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 2017 to 2018. Following the 2018 cabinet reshuffle, he became Minister of State for Health. Post-Brexit, Barclay became Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the 2020 cabinet reshuffle. He was later promoted to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office in the 2021 cabinet reshuffle.

In February 2022, Barclay became Downing Street Chief of Staff, following the resignation of Dan Rosenfield.

The resignations of cabinet members have reportedly led two over half of Tory voters wanting Boris Johnson to resign.

Ana Ovey

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