Re-Appointed Hancock Puts Shoulder Into UK Digital Health-Care Drive
The UK election result allowed newly-reinstalled prime minister Johnson to tinker with his cabinet. Surviving the small reshuffle was health secretary Matt Hancock, who wasted no time in setting out 2020 plans to support the digitally-enabled NHS of the future.
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