Matt puts staff on stair­way to hell

The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

MATT Han­cock has de­cided to put his best foot for­ward as part of his new drive to get the na­tion fo­cus­ing on the pre­ven­tion of poor health, rather than its treat­ment. Ar­riv­ing at the BBC’s Port­land Place stu­dios to pro­mote the ini­tia­tive, the Health Sec­re­tary was met by a pro­ducer who im­me­di­ately ush­ered him to­wards the lift. ‘No, no lifts,’ he re­sponded. ‘We all need to start learn­ing to use the stairs.’ Un­for­tu­nately, this min­is­te­rial edict that has come as some­thing of a shock to his of­fi­cials.

‘I’m not sure this is go­ing to work,’ one told me de­spon­dently. ‘Matt’s of­fice in the De­part­ment is on the ninth floor.’ The dream of a slimmed-down Civil Ser­vice is within the Gov­ern­ment’s grasp.

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