The must read stories and talking points from Monday
- Today’s must know: Hunt confirmed as health and social care secretary
- Today’s talking point: Trusts sought for new NHS ‘lean’ programme
- Today’s inspiration: Leading NHS suppliers highlighted in shortlist for new HSJ awards
- Today’s risk: Pioneering NHS ACO contract set back
Hunt stays put
So, after the speculation and longer than expected wait for news, Jeremy Hunt not only stays as health secretary but has expanded his job.
Mr Hunt had been rumoured to be the next first secretary of state (effectively the deputy prime minister) and there was talk he could become business secretary. Instead, he was reappointed to the Cabinet under the new title of secretary for health and social care in Theresa May’s reshuffle on Monday afternoon.
It is the third time Mr Hunt has survived a cabinet shake up since becoming health secretary in 2012, as well as coming through two general elections unscathed.
It is not clear exactly what his responsibilities will be, but the new title suggests an expansion in the department’s social care responsibilities. Previously, they were split between the departments of health, and communities and local government.
It means on 3 June, Mr Hunt is almost certain to become the longest serving senior health minister since the NHS was created.
He has previously said he was happy for the role to be his last big job in politics.
Trust chief steps down
Dame Jackie Daniel, who was honoured at the end of last year for services to healthcare, has said she will be leaving University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust at the end of March.
Dame Jackie said this morning she was leaving to “pursue a number of other interests”.
She said: “After a privileged five and a half years leading the trust, I feel now is the right time.
“In terms of my personal future plans, I hope to continue to support the NHS and pursue a number of other interests.
“The work to date and the plans for the future will continue. I look forward to seeing a future Care Quality Commission rating of ‘outstanding’ and an accountable care system in the bay, which will provide a legacy of sustainable care for the next generation.”
Dame Jackie became chief executive of the trust in 2012, and in 2015 led it out of special measures. The trust was rated good in February 2017 as it continued to recover from a high profile maternity care scandal.
The trust still has financial difficulties and is in the process of forming an “accountable care organisation” as part of the national new care models vanguard programme.