LIZ Truss is lining up Therese Coffey to be her Deputy PM if she wins the Tory crown today, insiders have told UK Times.
The favourite to win the leadership race is expected to ask her key ally, the Department for Work and Pensions chief, to be the new Health Secretary, and her right-hand woman.
MPs think she will make the key appointment to boost her women credentials and keep the NHS at the top of the new Government’s agenda.
Yesterday, Ms Truss said she would make getting sick people access to GP appointments “one of my key priorities”.
And she vowed that, under her watch, growing NHS waiting lists would come down.
She told the BBC: “I think it is a priority for the public, and it’s a priority for me, to make sure we’re delivering for people.
“But there are real issues in the health service at the moment…that we’ve got to deal with.”