New health ministers' portfolios unveiled
The Department of Health has announced the full ministerial portfolios for its new team of junior ministers.
The announcement on Monday came nearly two weeks after the ministerial reshuffle which saw three out of the department’s four ministers replaced.
The DH said Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb’s brief as care and support minister would include adult social care funding reform, as well as older people, long-term conditions, end of life care, mental health and quality regulation. Mr Lamb was deeply involved in efforts to negotiate changed to funding of long term social care in the run up to the 2010 election, when he was Lib Dem health spokesman.
Dan Poulter, a doctor, will be responsible for nursing, health visiting, health education and training, patient safety, and NHS procurement. He will also be responsible for issues relating to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust scandal.
Alongside all areas of public health, the new public health minister Anna Soubry’s responsibilities will include NHS Blood and Transplant, genetics and biotechnology, complementary and alternative medicine, and “reducing red tape”.
Meanwhile, Lord Howe, the only minister to survive the reshuffle, has had his responsibilities extended to include the NHS reforms programme, economic regulation and provider policy, innovation, and DH finances. Previously his brief focused on NHS quality and primary care.