Sajid Javid Replaces Hancock as New Health Secretary

On Saturday, Sajid Javid was appointed as the New Health Secretary by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Sajid Javid has said he wants to see a return to normal “as quickly as possible” after replacing Matt Hancock as health secretary.

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Javid said he would do all he could to “deliver for the people of this great country”.

Recall that Mr Hancock, British politician serving as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care since 2018, had announced his resignation after pressure had been building for him to quit following the publication by the Sun of pictures and a video of him and Gina Coladangelo, who are both married with three children, kissing. He was seen kissing her at the Department of Health’s London HQ during office hours last month as the mutant strain began spreading.

The newspaper said the images had been taken inside the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on 6 May.

Following the revelations, a number of Conservative MPs, as well as Labour and the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, had called for Mr Hancock to go.

Ms Coladangelo is also leaving her role as a non-executive director at the DHSC.

Mr Hancock has ended his 15-year marriage to his wife, Martha, and the relationship with Ms Coladangelo is understood to be a serious one.

In his letter to the prime Minister, he reiterated his apologies for breaching the guidance and putting his family through the whole crises; insisting that the last thing he wants, is the interference of his private life with that of the nation’s focus on eradicating the pandemic.

Speaking on Sunday to reporters, Mr Javid said Mr Hancock had achieved “a lot” in the role, adding “I’m sure he will have more to offer in public life”.

He said: “I was honoured to take up this position. I also know that it comes with huge responsibility, and I will do everything I can to make sure that I deliver for the people of this great country.

“We are still in a pandemic and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible, and that will be my most immediate priority to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible.”