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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.

Readers' comments (10)

  • How very odd. A doctor in charge of nursing - that will set the cat among the pigeons. And separating school nursing and health visiting from public health - how will Anna Soubry deliver all those public health responsibilities if this large workforce is under someone else's brief?

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  • Children, Young People & families - who will champion this vital group & co-ordinate the response to the Children's Outcomes Forum report?

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  • clearly Dr Daniel Poulter MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health will be responding to the CYP Outcomes Forum report......

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  • No sign of inequalities or equalities brief. Does that mean DH has finally been successful in integrating this across all ministerial portfolios (hurrah), forgotten about it (ouch), or does not see it as a high enough priority despite its own legislation (oh dear)?

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  • So fluoridation (Soubry) is to be separated from dentistry (Howe)! Doesn't seem very wise, in fact a recipe for disastrous inactivity.

    Also, sugar is missed off the list of PH England evil products. Let's hope it is belatedly implanted in the list before even more childrens' teeth are extracted.

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  • Surely, school nursing is still under public health responsibility ie going to Local Authorities?

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    Who has portfolio for clinical research in NHS?

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  • DH has now confirmed that Anna Soubry will have the inequalities brief

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  • Anna will have to very quickly look at the NHS CB hiring process - the figures are disturbing!

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  • Hello ID, it's Bruce Keogh.

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