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May’s resignation, Doctors salary and Global health

May’s resignation, Doctors salary and Global health

22nd July 2019

Good afternoon,

Last Saturday, as the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first man landing on the moon, back to earth, major milestones continue as we anticipate a week of pivotal political changes. Parliamentary recess  is due to start this Thursday, but before then Prime Minister Theresa May will officially hand in her resignation on Wednesday and her successor will assume office. The results of the Conservative Party leadership ballot are due to be announced at around 11AM on Tuesday morning.  However, three senior government ministers, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, have said they will resign should Boris Johnson come into power. The main issue of contention is Mr Johnson leaving the option of pursing a no-deal Brexit on the table.The other leadership contest that has been taking place is the the race to replace Sir Vince Cable as Liberal Democrat leader. Jo Swinson beat Sir Ed Davey in a poll of party members taking more than  50% of the vote. Ms Swinson has said that she was 'over the moon' to be elected as the new leader and that the UK's future lay in the European Union saying she would do ''whatever it takes to stop Brexit'.

From the Department of Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock has announced a 2.5% pay rise for doctors and dentists, alongside similar increases for other public sector jobs. The funding is expected to be taken from existing budgets which means that higher borrowing, higher taxes or spending cuts elsewhere will be necessary. The move is one of Theresa's May's final decisions as Prime Minister.

In more health related news, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies’ final report as CMO shares recommendations for  current and future UK engagement with global health. She emphasises that 'the UK must sustain its level of engagement in global health while being vigilant to the changing threats to health'. Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the new President of the EU Commission and she has said her background as a physician will help her put forth a European plan to fight cancer.

Health Project Coordiantor - Marjan Jamal marjan.jamal@policyconnect.org.uk