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Health department poised for reshuffle as new ministers join team

Pharmacy minister still in post, although portfolios may change

January 11th 2018

Tagged: political news

By Hume Brophy

Public affairs communications agency Hume Brophy has provided DDA members with a summary and some early political reflections on this week’s Cabinet reshuffle:

  • Jeremy Hunt survives as secretary of state for renamed Department of Health and Social care.
  • Philip Dunne MP (former ministerial lead for Care Quality Commission; Health Education England; NHS Improvement and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) is no longer a minister of state.
  • Jo Churchill MP, former PPS to Hunt, has also been made an assistant whip so will be replaced.
  • There are two new ministers of state (where previously there was just one, possibly to reflect the departmental title change, and proposed renewed focus on social care
    Caroline Dineage MP (former parliamentary under-secretary of state for family support, housing and child maintenance, DWP)
    Stephen Barclay MP (former economic secretary, HM Treasury). What portfolios they will each hold has not yet been announced.
  • Pharmacy minister Stephen Brine remains in post, although his portfolio may still change in light of the new appointments.

DDA members can also read this expert early reflection on yesterday’s movements.

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