Jeremy Hunt appointed as Foreign Secretary: NHS workers celebrate as ex-Health Secretary handed new role

NHS staff have hailed Jeremy Hunt’s move to Foreign Secretary “the best birthday present” for the health service.

Mr Hunt was announced as a replacement for Boris Johnson just hours after the former London Mayor quit over Theresa May’s Chequers Brexit plan.

Matt Hancock was revealed as the new Health Secretary as the Prime Minister struggled to keep grip on her cabinet.

Many hailed Mr Hunt’s move to the new role and praised his work in health care just days after the NHS marked its 70th anniversary.

NHS staff frustrated with long hours and under staffing across the UK’s hospital and medical centres celebrated the change.

Maurice Smith wrote on Twitter: “Now Jeremy Hunt’s gone. What a great birthday for the NHS.”

Another person added: “Amazing of @Jeremy_Hunt to give the NHS such a wonderful belated birthday present! #NHS70Birthday.”

A third said: “I wonder if @NHS could have received a better #70th #Birthday present than @Jeremy_Hunt no longer being in charge?”

Margaret Lupton added: “The NHS is finally saved from Jeremy Hunt. What a great 70th birthday present. What a great end to the day. #nhs70.”

Announcing his new position, Mr Hunt said: “Huge honour to be appointed Foreign Secretary at this critical moment in our country’s history. Time to back our PM to get a great Brexit deal – it’s now or never…

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“Massive wrench for me to leave health – I know some staff haven’t found me the easiest Health Sec but the NHS, and particularly patient safety, has become my passion & it really was the greatest privilege of my life to serve for so many years.”

The move came following the shock resignation of Mr Johnson which came just hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis stepped down.

Dominic Raab was swiftly appointed to replace Mr Davis.


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