Prime minister Tony Blair has announced the resignation of health minister Lord Warner, who has decided to retire.

Mr Blair complimented Lord Warner on an 'outstanding' contribution to health service reform, while the minister described his three-and-a-half years at the Department of Health as 'busy and enjoyable'.

The NHS Confederation said Lord Warner had been 'a steady hand on the tiller of the NHS' and had dealt with 'some of [its] most challenging issues' in a 'highly professional and amiable way'.

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Prime minister Tony Blair has announced the resignation of health minister Lord Warner, who has decided to retire.

Mr Blair complimented Lord Warner on an 'outstanding' contribution to health service reform, while the minister described his three-and-a-half years at the Department of Health as 'busy and enjoyable'.

The NHS Confederation said Lord Warner had been 'a steady hand on the tiller of the NHS' and had dealt with 'some of [its] most challenging issues' in a 'highly professional and amiable way'.

Read the Number 10 press release here