• Chris Skidmore replaces Stephen Hammond
  • Brief includes Brexit, finance and workforce

A new minister of state for health has been appointed, as prime minister Boris Johnson continued his government reshuffle yesterday.

Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, has replaced Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Mr Skidmore most recently served as universities minister and interim minister of state for energy and clean growth.

His brief at DHSC will include Brexit, finance, efficiency, commercial, capital and estates, operational performance, workforce, and transformation and provider policy.

He was also a member of the health select committee between 2010 and 2013.

Mr Skidmore was educated at Bristol Grammar School before studying history at Oxford University. He has also written several history books, focused on Edward VI, the Tudors, and Richard III.

During the Conservative Party’s leadership election, Mr Skidmore supported Sajid Javid while Mr Hammond backed Matt Hancock.

According to Sky News, Mr Hammond was “fired” by Mr Johnson. He had been a minister at DHSC since November 2018, following Stephen Barclay’s appointment as Brexit secretary

Upon his departure, Mr Hammond said he remained “absolutely opposed” to a no-deal Brexit. Trusts were told earlier this week to complete their no-deal Brexit preparation ahead of checks by NHS England and NHS Improvement at the end of August.

The other health ministers are Caroline Dinenage, Seema Kennedy, Jackie Doyle-Price and Nicola Blackwood. It was announced on Wednesday Mr Hancock would remain as health secretary