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Mixed feelings’ on cabinet reshuffle for SAM president

Following Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, which saw former health secretary Jeremy Hunt replaced by former culture secretary Matt Hancock, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“I have somewhat mixed feelings about this reshuffle.

“On the one one hand we are saying goodbye to a health secretary who has been more interested in scoring political points than listening to the views of the frontline.

“On the other, in what is a crunch year in determining if the NHS is able to cope with another winter crisis, we are unable to hold Mr Hunt to account.

“The jury will be out on the new health secretary to see if he is able to put his financial skills to good use and ensure adequate funding and appropriate use of resources for the NHS in the coming months and years.

“We look forward to meeting Mr Hancock as soon as possible to talk about frontline pressures in the NHS, something we never achieved with his predecessor.”

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