Dear Prime Minister,
I’m writing to resign as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We have labored so arduous as a rustic to struggle the pandemic. The final thing I’d need is for my non-public life to distract consideration from the one-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 by this.
I additionally want (to) be with my kids at the moment. We owe it to individuals who have sacrificed a lot in this pandemic to be sincere when now we have allow them to down as I’ve achieved by breaching the steerage.
The NHS is the very best present a nation has ever given itself, and the dedication and braveness of the NHS workers and the ceaseless work of the officers in the Department is one thing we should always all be pleased with. We didn’t get each resolution proper however I do know folks perceive how arduous it’s to take care of the unknown, making the tough commerce-offs between freedom, prosperity and well being that now we have confronted.
I’m so proud that Britain prevented the disaster of an overwhelmed NHS and that by foresight and good science now we have led the world in the vaccination effort, so we stand getting ready to a return to normality.
The reforms now we have began in the well being system will guarantee it continues to offer even higher look after folks in years to come back. We are constructing a greater NHS which makes smarter use of expertise and knowledge, forming a brand new UK Health Security Agency, delivering optimistic adjustments to psychological well being care and can repair the issues in social care as soon as and for all.
Many occasions I stood on the podium in Downing Street and thanked the staff – my very own staff, the NHS, the volunteers, the Armed Services, our pharmacists, GPs, the pharmaceutical trade and the entire British public who’ve made such sacrifices to assist others. Those thanks are heartfelt and honest and so I have to resign.
It has been the honour of my life to serve in your Cabinet as Secretary of State and I’m extremely pleased with what now we have achieved. I’ll in fact proceed to assist you in no matter approach I can from the again benches, and I want to thanks on your unwavering assist, your management and your optimism, significantly as we labored collectively to beat this terrible illness.
The letter despatched to the Prime Minister by Matt Hancock, providing his resignation
Thank you on your letter this night, tendering your resignation as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. I’m sorry to obtain it.
You ought to depart workplace very pleased with what you will have achieved — not simply in tackling the pandemic, however even earlier than COVID-19 struck us. Under your management, the Department has led basic reforms to the availability of care in this nation. The NHS Long Term Plan was a significant milestone in the historical past of that nice establishment.
Your work on the Health and Care Bill will assist our NHS and ship higher integration between well being and social care. And your efforts imply that now we have a report variety of medical doctors and over 14,800 extra nurses working in our NHS than final 12 months.
Above all, it has been your job to take care of a problem higher than that confronted by any of your predecessors, and in combating Covid you will have risen to that problem – with the plentiful vitality, intelligence and dedication which might be your hallmark. Under your management, the Department for Health and Social Care has recognized and deployed crucial life-saving remedies resembling Dexamethasone, quickly elevated hospital capability by the Nightingale programme, and offered 11.7 billion objects of PPE to the frontline at report pace.
In March 2020, we had the capability to check 2,000 folks a day; now, now we have constructed the most important diagnostic community in British historical past and have administered over 200 million assessments. The vaccine procurement and deployment programme — in my view one of many biggest successes of the fashionable state — is now forging our path out of the pandemic.
Through the institution of the United Kingdom Health Security Agency, you will have additionally constructed the foundations to make sure that the UK is healthier ready for any future pandemic.
You made a substantial contribution to Government earlier than changing into Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. I do know that earlier Prime Ministers have been grateful on your work in ministerial positions in the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills, the Cabinet Office, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. You have, throughout these roles, been a constant and vigorous champion of the facility of digital transformation.
You must be immensely pleased with your service. I’m grateful on your assist and consider that your contribution to public service is way from over.