Following Jeremy Hunt’s promotion to the role of Foreign Secretary, Matt Hancock has been appointed as the new Health and Social Care Secretary. The reshuffle of the cabinet was essentially forced upon Theresa May after the resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis, in opposition to the government’s new Brexit strategy.

To celebrate his new position, Hancock took to Twitter to express his excitement at joining the Department of Health and Social Care at such a ‘critical time’ for the NHS. However, he neglected to mention anything about social care, despite the adult social care green paper being something of high priority and expected to be published in the autumn.

Questions are now being asked about how a change in personnel could disrupt the progress on the green paper. On this matter, the British Association of Social Workers had this to say:-

“We fear this might create even further delay for the publication of the green paper, which would be inexcusable.”