Learning disability charity welcomes the re-appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Posted On: 
25th July 2019

Hft welcomes the re-appointment of Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has welcomed the re-appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Last Monday (15 July), Hft, in partnership with Tunstall Healthcare, published a policy paper - Improving Outcomes, Enhancing Care: Assistive technologies and the case for a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector – which put forward proposals for a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector under the government’s Industrial Strategy.    

Billy Davis, Public Affairs & Policy Manager at Hft, commented: “At a time when the social care sector is facing many challenges, the reappointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State is a welcome piece of continuity for the sector.

“Matt Hancock’s enthusiasm for the increased use of technology in health and social care is well documented. Our recent policy paper highlights how a Sector Deal could realise the untapped potential for increased use of assistive technologies when supporting adults with learning disabilities.

“Our proposals came in part as a reaction to continued delays to the social care green paper under the previous government. With a new Cabinet now in place, we look forward to working with Matt Hancock to negotiate a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector.”