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Matt Hancock inherits an NHS funding boost, what will he do with it?

The question for the new Health Secretary is how much to spend on immediate pressures and how much to throw at structural problems

By Anita Charlesworth  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is a fortunate man. Not only has he just landed himself a top cabinet role, but his predecessor only just finished the very tricky job of persuading the Prime Minister to lock in more than £20bn of extra NHS spending over the next five years.

In his first evidence session with the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Matt Hancock signalled he clearly understands that beneath the good fortune he has a remarkably hard road to…

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