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Theresa May has appointed Jeremy Hunt as foreign secretary and replaced him as health secretary with Matt Hancock following the resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davies in protest at the government’s position on Brexit.

While many within healthcare may be glad to see the back of Hunt (pictured), notably general practice and community pharmacy which has had its funding slashed by £320 million over two years, there may be a sense of indifference towards the appointment of Hancock as his replacement.

He was appointed culture secretary just six months ago and comes into the role as health secretary with little experience in that sector and no apparent links to community pharmacy or the NHS in general.

The 39-year-old, who was educated at Oxford University and went on to complete a Masters in economics, is an avid proponent of technology and launched his own smartphone app in February which features picture galleries and videos of his activities as MP for West Suffolk.

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