The former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, became the new Foreign Secretary yesterday after the resignation of Boris Johnson left that post vacant. He has since been replaced, in his turn, by former culture secretary, Matt Hancock.

Jeremy Hunt proved controversial in his time as health secretary, prompting strikes and protests by junior doctors as a result of his negotiations with them over pay and working conditions.

The health service has come under increasing pressure in recent years, with staff shortages, regular winter crises, bed capacity issues and constant calls for increased funding from a wide range of professional bodies and individuals.

The new incumbent, Mr Hancock, arrives on the scene when the government has just announced an increase in funding of the NHS over the next five years.

Time will tell how the former economist copes with the myriad of problems now confronting both him and the NHS.

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