NEWS - WHITEHALL

Published: 08/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5985 Page 11

Ian Dodge, the prime minister's adviser on health for less than six months, is to take up a new senior policy post at the Department of Health.

He will be replaced by Professor Paul Corrigan, who was special adviser to former health secretaries Alan Milburn and John Reid from 2001-05.

Professor Corrigan started work at Number 10 on Monday although he will not officially take up the post until the beginning of January when Mr Dodge leaves to join the new policy directorate at the DoH where he will be director of health system reform design.

Mr Dodge said: 'I decided to move on. The previous incumbents had been political advisers and I was a civil service adviser, and I think the best way I can contribute is to take up this new role.' Unlike Mr Dodge, who is a career civil servant, Professor Corrigan will be a political adviser.

'I think it is probably the best thing both for me and also it will strengthen the Number 10 team in terms of handling the political side of the job, ' said Mr Dodge.

Meanwhile Matt Tee, currently director of business development at Dr Foster, has been appointed acting director of communications at the DoH.

He takes over from Sian Jarvis who is on maternity leave.