Lord O’Shaughnessy, health minister in the House of Lords, has announced his resignation effective from tomorrow.
The minister led on a number of policy areas including medicines pricing and regulation and data, digital and technology. He was the ministerial lead for payment authority NHS Business Services Authority and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Crucially, his role also included “making a success of Brexit”, according to the Department of Health. In a post on social media he said: “It’s been the greatest honour to serve in a bold, reforming Conservative government. I will continue to support our PM – and the Brexit deal she has fought so hard to agree – with steadfast loyalty.” He is believed to be leaving due to personal reasons.
Hotly tipped as his replacement is Nicola Blackwood, who was a health minister from July 2016 until June 2017.