Well being Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned as well being secretary after CCTV footage leaked of him kissing an aide in his departmental workplace, in breach of social distancing guidelines.
Right here is the textual content of the letter, and the prime minister’s response, in full.
Expensive Prime Minister,
I’m writing to resign as Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care. Now we have labored so arduous as a rustic to struggle the pandemic. The very last thing I might need is for my non-public life to distract consideration from the single-minded focus that’s main us out of this disaster. I need to reiterate my apology for breaking the steerage, and apologise to my household and family members for placing them via this. I additionally want be with my youngsters presently.
We owe it to individuals who have sacrificed a lot on this pandemic to be trustworthy when we’ve allow them to down as I’ve accomplished by breaching the steerage.
The NHS is the most effective present a nation has ever given itself, and the dedication and braveness of the NHS employees and the ceaseless work of the officers within the Division is one thing we should always all be happy with. We did not get each resolution proper however I do know individuals perceive how arduous it’s to cope with the unknown, making the tough trade-offs between freedom, prosperity and well being that we’ve confronted. I’m so proud that Britain prevented the disaster of an overwhelmed NHS and that via foresight and good science we’ve led the world within the vaccination effort, so we stand getting ready to a return to normality.
The reforms we’ve began within the well being system will guarantee it continues to offer even higher take care of individuals in years to return. We’re constructing a greater NHS which makes smarter use of know-how and information, forming a brand new UK Well being Safety Company, delivering constructive modifications to psychological well being care and can repair the issues in social care as soon as and for all.
Many instances I stood on the podium in Downing Avenue and thanked the staff – my very own staff, the NHS, the volunteers, the Armed Providers, our pharmacists GPs, the pharmaceutical business and the entire British public who’ve made such sacrifices to assist others. These thanks are heartfelt and honest and so I need to resign.
It has been the honour of my life to serve in your Cupboard as Secretary of State and I’m extremely happy with what we’ve achieved. I’ll after all proceed to assist you in no matter manner I can from the again benches, and I wish to thanks on your unwavering assist, your management and your optimism, significantly as we labored collectively to beat this terrible illness.
Thanks on your letter this night, tendering your resignation as Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care. I’m sorry to obtain it.
You need to depart workplace very happy with what you have got achieved – not simply in tackling the pandemic, however even earlier than COVID-19 struck us. Below your management, the Division has led basic reforms to the supply of care on this nation. The NHS Lengthy Time period Plan was a serious milestone within the historical past of that nice establishment. Your work on the Well being and Care Invoice will assist our NHS and ship larger integration between well being and social care. And your efforts imply that we’ve a file numbers of docs and over 14,800 extra nurses working in our NHS than final 12 months.
Above all, it has been your process to cope with a problem larger than that confronted by any of your predecessors, and in combating Covid you have got risen to that problem – with the plentiful power, intelligence and willpower which might be your hallmark. Below your management, the Division for Well being and Social Care has recognized and deployed important life-saving remedies reminiscent of Dexamethasone, quickly elevated hospital capability via the Nightingale programme, and offered 11.7 billion objects of PPE to the frontline at file velocity. In March 2020, we had the capability to check 2,000 individuals a day; now, we’ve constructed the biggest diagnostic community in British historical past and have administered over 200 million assessments. The vaccine procurement and deployment programme – in my opinion one of many best successes of the fashionable state – is now forging our path out of the pandemic.
By the institution of the UK Well being Safety Company, you have got additionally constructed the foundations to make sure that the UK is best ready for any future pandemic. You made a substantial contribution to Authorities earlier than changing into Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care. I do know that earlier Prime Ministers have been grateful on your work in ministerial positions within the Division for Enterprise, Innovation, and Abilities, the Cupboard Workplace, and the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport. You’ve gotten, throughout these roles, been a constant and vigorous champion of the ability of digital transformation.
You have to be immensely happy with your service. I’m grateful on your assist and imagine that your contribution to public service is way from over.