Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid wonders if he ‘could have made a difference’ before his older brother committed suicide

Health secretary Sajid Javid has said he wondered whether he “could have made a difference” had he been aware of his older brother’s physical health problem before he committed suicide.Mr Javid’s brother, Tariq, a 51-year-old supermarket chain boss, took his own life while the Tory minister was serving as home secretary. Opening up about his brother’s death, Mr Javid said he still wonders “maybe I could have made a difference”, adding: “I guess I will never know the answer to that.”In July 2018, Mr Javid’s brother Tariq took his own life at a hotel in Horsham, West Sussex. He had...
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Sajid Javid tells of ‘deeply personal’ mission on suicide after brother’s death

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has spoken of his “deeply personal” mission to prevent suicides, four years after his brother’s death.Mr Javid’s brother, Tariq, took his own life in a luxury hotel in Horsham, West Sussex, in July 2018.Speaking at the London headquarters of the suicide prevention charity Papyrus on Friday, the Cabinet minister set out action to prevent suicides and urged men to talk about their mental health.He said several programmes of work are already under way, including a refreshed suicide prevention plan, better services for bereaved families, and better use of technology to understand the causes of suicide.This is...

NHS workers should get fair pay with inflation considered – Sajid Javid

NHS staff deserve “fair” pay with soaring costs taken into account, Sajid Javid said, as he defended pay rises in line with inflation for pensioners but not for workers.The Health Secretary said his department would listen carefully to the independent NHS pay review body before setting salary increases.He told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: “Of course, part of showing the value we attach to whether it’s nurses or other health workers is, of course it is pay, and so along with the thanks we’ve got to make sure that we are fair in pay.“And that is why for example last...

NHS ‘doesn’t need any more money’, says Sajid Javid as waiting lists rise

The NHS needs reform rather than more money, the health secretary has said, while admitting that record-high waiting lists will continue to rise before they fall. Sajid Javid said the health service already had the resources it needed and did not require more to care for patients effectively. “The NHS now has locked in the resources it needs. It doesn’t need any more money. What it needs to deliver for more people is not money. It needs reform,” he said.

Sajid Javid pledges NHS leadership changes after review finds bullying

Health and social care leadership in England will be overhauled after a review found evidence of bullying and blame cultures, Sajid Javid has said. Following a series of damaging scandals at NHS trusts, the government said the report found "institutional inadequacy" in how managers are trained and valued. The health...

Sajid Javid disagrees with NHS ‘removing woman’ from ovarian cancer guidance

Sajid Javid has said he does not agree with the NHS reportedly removing the word “woman” from online guidance on ovarian cancer.Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday morning, the health secretary said that “common sense and the right language” should be used to “give people the best possible patient care”.Asked about reports the health service had dropped the word from advice pages on its website, he said: “Well, look, I haven’t seen that particular report, but I have heard of instances like that and I don’t think it’s right.“You won’t be surprised to know that, as the health secretary, I...

Sajid Javid dismisses tax affairs claim as Labour ‘smear campaign’

Sajid Javid has dismissed allegations that he potentially avoided paying hundreds of thousands of pounds in British tax before entering politics as “typical smear attacks” from Labour.Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting has called for an investigation into Mr Javid’s historic tax arrangements, claiming there is a possibility he was “a beneficiary of a loan scheme designed to avoid paying UK tax”.Labour said the Health Secretary previously co-owned a company called SA Capital, set up in 2003, with his brother and their respective wives.Records show he was director for a day in May 2005, before giving up his and his wife’s...