Matt Hancock heckled whilst giving statement in Parliament
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The former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has congratulated the Prime Minister following his statement on social care and called for the sector to be integrated with health “properly”. Mr Hancock was heckled in the Commons as he said: “The reform of social care has been ducked for decades because successive governments have put it in the ‘too difficult’ box. So, can I congratulate the Prime Minister for delivering on our commitments and his commitment.
“Can I ask him to ensure that as well as the money, we integrate properly the NHS with social care so that people can get the dignity that they deserve?”
The Prime Minister thanked Mr Hancock for playing “a major part in the gestation of these policies”.
Mr Johnson said: “What we will be doing is bringing forward a White Paper on the integration.
“Of course, this is going to be difficult but it has got to be done, and we must have a system whereby people can work across both the health sector and the care sector in an integrated way.
Matt Hancock was heckled at his House of Commons return (Image: PTV)
Matt Hancock congratulated the Prime Minister following his statement on social care (Image: PTV)
“We have got to have single budget holders and we have got to make sure that, for instance, you have single electronic records in both health and social care.”
Twitter users were quick to respond to Mr Hancock’s latest appearance.
One wrote: “Matt Hancock just stood up and demanded that the government and NHS do better on social care Face with tears of joy.
“The poor dude has forgotten that he was in charge of this until 10 minutes ago.”
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While another added: “Matt Hancock getting laughed out of town as he stood up to speak in parliament has brightened my day up a tiny bit.”
A third person said: “Matt Hancock is looking quite tanned here after two holidays this summer: one with his wife and kids in Cornwall and another in Switzerland with Gina Coladangelo.”
It comes as the Chancellor has paid tribute to the former health secretary, thanking him for the creation of traineeships and for making sure Britain had the “fastest rollout of a vaccine anywhere in the world”.
Speaking in the Commons for the first time since resigning at the end of June, Mr Hancock told MPs: “It seems to me that the combination of the furlough scheme, the kickstart scheme, the youth offer that he has just discussed, shows that the Chancellor’s efforts are leading to the UK having one of the fastest economic recoveries in the world.
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“Will he commit to working globally to ensure that the confidence and opportunities that this brings are available globally as they are increasingly here in the UK?”
His comments were booed loudly by the opposition benches, before Rishi Sunak replied: “(He) is absolutely right and can I thank him for two things; first of all when he was a minister he created traineeships, which he will be pleased to know that this Government is tripling the number of to give young people the best possible start in life to find new skills and opportunities, but most importantly this year, because of his success in making sure this country had the fastest rollout of a vaccine anywhere in the world, we are enjoying the fastest opening up and the fastest economic recovery.
“I pay tribute to him for that.”