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Hancock resigns after covid guideline breach and Sajid Javid becomes new health secretary

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 28 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1649
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Matt Hancock resigned as England’s health secretary on Saturday evening after he was caught breaking his own covid-19 rules on social distancing by kissing an aide in his ministerial office.

Former chancellor Sajid Javid has been reappointed to the cabinet as the new secretary of state for health and social care after Hancock’s resignation.

Hancock had admitted breaking social distancing guidelines after the Sun newspaper published pictures of him kissing Gina Coladangelo, a long time friend of his and a non-executive director of the health department.1

But while the prime minister defended Hancock and said on Friday 25 June that he considered the matter …

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