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Steve Barclay is named England’s new health secretary after Javid quits

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 06 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1669
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Sajid Javid has resigned as England’s health and social care secretary and been replaced by Steve Barclay.

The move came after Javid told the prime minister, Boris Johnson, that he had lost confidence in his leadership amid a series of recent scandals, including parties at Downing Street during covid lockdowns and Johnson’s handling of allegations against a former deputy chief whip, Chris Pincher.

Barclay, who had served as Johnson’s chief of staff since February 2022, was previously a junior health minister under Theresa May’s government in 2018 before serving stints as Brexit secretary, chief secretary to the Treasury, and chancellor of the duchy …

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