Two new junior ministers for health and social care have been appointed, with Philip Dunne standing down.
Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed to the cabinet, under the new title of secretary for health and social care, in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle this afternoon.
The appointment of two new junior health ministers has been confirmed, replacing MPs that lost their seats in last week’s general election.
Two health ministers have lost their seats in an election night that stripped the Conservative Party of its parliamentary majority.
The Conservative manifesto says the party is open to introducing health legislation if the NHS’s leaders ask for it to help deliver the Forward View, for example to create new integrated care models.
Theresa May has implemented a substantial restructure of the Department of Health ministerial team as part of her wide-ranging reshuffle.
It has been confirmed that Jeremy Hunt will stay on as health secretary under incoming prime minister Theresa May.
Community and social care minister Alistair Burt has announced he will step down in September following the appointment of a new prime minister.
David Prior has stepped down as chair of the Care Quality Commission to become a health minister in the new Conservative government.
David Cameron has appointed two new health ministers in his government reshuffle, following the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.
Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary in the new government.
With two weeks to go until the general election, the NHS is a top priority for voters, and all the main parties have set out their key health policy pledges in their manifestos.
The Conservative Party has firmly backed the NHS Five Year Forward View in its election manifesto. It includes an explicit commitment to spend at least an extra £8bn a year on the NHS, over and above inflation, by 2020.
Nick Clegg is pushing for next year’s NHS budget to be topped up with enough winter pressures funding to leave the service in a ‘healthy state’ for the next government
Elected health commissioners would be introduced to the Welsh NHS under a Conservative administration.
Nick Seddon, deputy director of right-leaning think tank Reform, has been appointed health and social care adviser to the prime minister.
The NHS continued its strong performance on waiting times in February, achieving all three 18 week referral-to-treatment measures for the second consecutive month.
The government’s controversial NHS reforms cleared another major hurdle in the House of Lords on Tuesday night.
The government has seen off a rebel Liberal Democrat bid to halt the controversial health reforms.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley will face yet more pressure over his controversial NHS reforms, with peers resuming their scrutiny of the legislation today.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has denied primary care trusts are in “meltdown” as a result of his reform plans.
The Department of Health may have to start justifying its detailed spending plans to the Commons health committee, HSJ has learned.
Health minster Earl Howe has revealed the government’s proposed health and wellbeing boards will not be compulsory.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has attempted to play down the scale and pace of the white paper changes, following widespread concerns expressed in response to the consultation.
The first real acid test of how closely the coalition’s junior partner is allied to the proposed health reforms will come next week at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference in Liverpool.
Prospective Care Quality Commission chair Dame Jo Williams faced a barrage of questions regarding the regulator’s weaknesses from MPs in a pre-appointment grilling last week.
NHS Direct staff should have a role to play in setting up the new 111 urgent care service which is due to replace it in 2013, according to the chief executive of the telephone triage service.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley this week announced an end to mixed sex wards in the NHS, prompting an outbreak of ennui.
The Commons health select committee is to be entirely made up of MPs who have not served on it before - although several of them have a background in health or health related fields.
David Cameron will today promise to “turn government on its head” and make every Whitehall department publicly accountable against published milestones for what they want to achieve.
Conservative health policy latest news
The new health and social care secretary will use his first speech to call out the NHS leadership’s lack of diversity, pointing out only five NHS chief executives are from a BME background.
The social care green paper will not be a “panacea” for chronic problems in the system, is likely to propose only minor legislative change, and be based on the assumption that limited sums of new money are available.
Securing a social care funding deal and patient safety should be priorities for the new health secretary, Simon Stevens indicated in an interview with HSJ.
Funding from the NHS’s new settlement will be “earmarked” for cancer programmes including prostate, lung and colorectal cancer, the NHS England chief executive told MPs today.
The prime minister has said “the most outstanding NHS leaders” face “competing incentives”, excessive “negotiations”, “templates that seem to put process ahead of patients”, and waste “too much time on reporting”.
Jeremy Hunt wants an ambitious cancer pledge to be a core plank of the government’s new NHS plan, with senior figures pushing for the service’s £7.5bn cancer budget to be doubled over the longer term, HSJ understands.
Lib Dem health policy latest news
Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.
More than half of NHS mental health trusts fear their commissioners will not pass on funding increases for 2015-16, according to a survey of the sector.
The Liberal Democrats will make a commitment today to increase NHS pay at least in line with the rate inflation from the next financial year.
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.
Nick Clegg has told the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference the government will spend an extra £250m a year for five years on child and adolescent mental health services.
Care minister Norman Lamb has told HSJ that he wants to create a single government department for health and social care by joining budgets at a national level.