Director, Policy Support Unit, DH. NEW ENTRY

Ian Dodge’s unit supports implementation of reform, cross-cutting strategies and primary legislation. As head of primary care contracting, he oversaw the expansion of Personal Medical Services, creation of Alternative Provider Medical Services, and initial implementation of the new General Medical Services contract. In 2004-05 he spent eight months as the prime minister’s senior health policy adviser. Richmond House insiders say he has formed a close and effective relationship with Andrew Lansley - to the alarm of some more sceptical colleagues.