Sajid Javid will be “terrible for the NHS,” as the new government health secretary, Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, predicted in an angry tweet following Matt Hancock’s resignation.
The announcement that ex-Chancellor and Home Secretary Javid had been appointed to the health letter was made tonight from Downing Street – after Mr Hancock resigned after he was videotaped as an advisor in his ministerial office in a violation against corona restrictions.
Pictures and videos showed Mr. Hancock hugging counselor Gina Coladangelo last month.
Tonight Dominic Cummings claimed on Twitter that the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, played a role in the election of Mr. Javid, writing, “So Carrie appoint Saj!”
“Saj = bog standard = chasing headlines + fail = terrible for the NHS. Need #RegimeChange, “he added.
In May, Mr Cummings used his long appearances before the Commons’ Health and Social Welfare and Science and Technology committees to claim the Health Secretary lied to the Prime Minister about a promise to test newcomers to nursing homes earlier in the pandemic.
He said he had recommended Mr Johnson on a variety of occasions to dismiss the former Secretary of Culture for his handling of the crisis. Mr Hancock denied the nursing homes allegations but admitted that as of the spring of 2020, there weren’t enough tests available to test everyone entering the homes.
Mr Cummings caused public outrage when he drove with his wife and son from London to County Durham during the initial lockdown.
In violation of restrictions, Mr Cummings traveled 250 miles to his parents’ property in Durham after his wife developed symptoms related to the coronavirus.
Despite requests to resign about the trip – which included a trip to the local beauty spot Barnard Castle to check the quality of his eyesight – Mr Cummings was endorsed by the Prime Minister.
Mr Cummings defended his actions at a press conference in the Downing Street Rose Garden, saying he believed he behaved “appropriately” and did not regret his actions.
Six months later, on November 13th, he was seen carrying boxes from Downing Street when he was quitting his job.
In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Hancock said, “The last thing I want is my personal life to divert attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.
“I want to repeat my apologies for violating the guidelines and apologize to my family and loved ones for going through this. I also have to be with my children during this time. “