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New Statesman: Andrew Marr interview with Sajid Javid on NHS reform, Boris Johnson and RMT strikes


June 30, 2022

Sajid Javid tells Andrew Marr he was “upset” by Partygate – and that voters have “every right” to be angry.

The Health Secretary spoke to Andrew Marr at the New Statesman Politics Live conference, in a wide-ranging interview covering Javid’s plans for NHS reform, UK mental health provision, Boris Johnson and the June train strikes by the RMT union.

When asked whether there had been “any moment when you’ve looked at this prime minister and had second thoughts, or doubts”, he replied: “I’ve certainly, I think, like many people, looked at some of the goings-on, and the parties you’ve mentioned, and I was really upset about those. There were reports and they had to be looked into, and I think that people across the country were upset by what they had heard… and they have every right to be upset.”

Marr also asked Javid about care for women in the health service, and why “the word itself has become problematical for some health services”, which at times have reduced use of the word or tried to find alternative descriptions in an attempt to include trans people. Javid replied: “It shouldn’t surprise you that as Secretary of State for Health I think someone’s biological sex is important in terms of giving them the healthcare that they need – if it’s women with ovarian cancer or cervical cancer, or if it’s men with prostate cancer, for example.

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