The appointment of two new junior health ministers has been confirmed, replacing MPs that lost their seats in last week’s general election.
The Department of Health confirmed today that Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price and Winchester MP Steve Brine will serve as junior ministers under Jeremy Hunt, who was reaapointed as health secretary on Sunday.
Ludlow MP Philip Dunne was reappointed as minister of state for health yesterday.
Ms Doyle-Price and Mr Brine replace David Mowat and Nicola Blackwood, who both lost their seats last Friday.
Mr Brine has previously served a parliamentary private secretary for Mr Hunt and was appointed assistant government whip in Theresa May’s reshuffle last July.
Ms Doyle-Price has been an assistant whip since May 2015 and retained her seat by 345 votes.
During the election campaign she backed the closure of a minor injuries unit and sale of NHS land at Orsett Hospital, providing alternative services are put in place.
Lord O’Shaughnessy also remains as a junior health minister.
Responsibilities for the new ministers have yet to be announced.