The new government

News on the new government as it takes shape

Chris Skidmore

New health minister appointed

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

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Hancock remains health secretary

The new prime minister has kept Matt Hancock as health and social care secretary despite making major changes to the rest of the Cabinet.

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Health minister resigns over Brexit

A minister in the Department of Health and Social Care resigned last night so he could vote against the government on a Brexit-related issue.

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Health minister steps down

Health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy has resigned from his post as Parliamentary under secretary of state in the House of Lords for family reasons.

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Health minister appointed Brexit secretary

Minister of state for health Steve Barclay has been appointed Brexit secretary today, in the wake of a string of resignations to hit the government as Theresa May unveiled her Brexit withdrawl deal with the European Union.

Caroline Dinenage

Prime minister continues shake up at Department of Health

Two new junior ministers for health and social care have been appointed, with Philip Dunne standing down.

Jeremy Hunt

Reshuffle: Hunt confirmed as health and social care secretary

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.

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New ministers at Department of Health confirmed

The appointment of two new junior health ministers has been confirmed, replacing MPs that lost their seats in last week’s general election.

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Election 2017: Health ministers lose seats as Hunt wins

Two health ministers have lost their seats in an election night that stripped the Conservative Party of its parliamentary majority.

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Manifesto: Tories open to legislation to curb internal market

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.

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May shakes up DH ministerial team

Theresa May has implemented a substantial restructure of the Department of Health ministerial team as part of her wide-ranging reshuffle.


Jeremy Hunt to stay at DH

It has been confirmed that Jeremy Hunt will stay on as health secretary under incoming prime minister Theresa May.

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Alistair Burt announces resignation

Community and social care minister Alistair Burt has announced he will step down in September following the appointment of a new prime minister.

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Prior resigns as CQC chair to join government

David Prior has stepped down as chair of the Care Quality Commission to become a health minister in the new Conservative government.

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New ministers join DH in reshuffle

David Cameron has appointed two new health ministers in his government reshuffle, following the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt to remain health secretary

Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary in the new government.


Election 2015: Where do the main parties agree on health?

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.

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Conservatives pledge to fund forward view in election manifesto

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

Exclusive: Deputy prime minister puts faith in winter funding

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

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Welsh NHS should elect health commissioners, Conservatives say

Elected health commissioners would be introduced to the Welsh NHS under a Conservative administration.

Nick Seddon

Health adviser to prime minister appointed

Nick Seddon, deputy director of right-leaning think tank Reform, has been appointed health and social care adviser to the prime minister.

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NHS reports strong performance on 18 weeks targets

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.


Health reforms clear latest Lords hurdle

The government’s controversial NHS reforms cleared another major hurdle in the House of Lords on Tuesday night.


Rebel Lib Dem reforms revolt defeated

The government has seen off a rebel Liberal Democrat bid to halt the controversial health reforms.

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Pressure on Lansley grows as Lords scrutinise reforms

Health secretary Andrew Lansley will face yet more pressure over his controversial NHS reforms, with peers resuming their scrutiny of the legislation today.

Lansley denies reforms have caused PCT 'meltdown'

Lansley denies reforms have caused PCT 'meltdown'

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has denied primary care trusts are in “meltdown” as a result of his reform plans.


MPs want power to scrutinise DH spending plans in detail

The Department of Health may have to start justifying its detailed spending plans to the Commons health committee, HSJ has learned.

Pledge for democratic input on commissioning 'watered down'

Health minster Earl Howe has revealed the government’s proposed health and wellbeing boards will not be compulsory.

Lansley plays down 'scale and pace' concerns over GP commissioning

Lansley plays down 'scale and pace' concerns over GP commissioning

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.

Health Hotel reopens for 2010

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.

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NHS Brexit chief: Preparations for no deal must continue

The NHS will continue its no-deal Brexit preparations despite ministers standing down cross-government planning for crashing out of the EU.

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New Brexit plan worse for NHS than May’s deal, experts warn

The NHS will be exposed to more risk by the government’s latest Brexit deal than by Theresa May’s original agreement, health service experts and lobby groups have told HSJ.

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New laws planned on patient safety and medicines

Boris Johnson’s government has proposed to create a new patient safety regulator with statutory powers, and deregulation of medicines and devices.

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Updated: 60,000 staff fall under potential post-Brexit migration salary cap

More than 60,000 NHS workers from overseas would fall under an increased immigration salary threshold which has been proposed to government, an analysis by HSJ has revealed.


Ministers confirm ban on some drug exports ahead of Brexit deadline

Ministers have confirmed plans for a ban on the export of certain medicines, starting with a group of 24 drugs including 19 hormone replacement therapy treatments, ahead of the no-deal Brexit deadline at the end of this month.

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National living wage rise to cost NHS millions

Trusts are set to face additional salary costs of millions of pounds as a result of the government’s plan to raise the national living wage, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Majority of A&E departments fail liaison psychiatry standards

Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Mental health trusts fear over CCG investment

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.

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Lib Dems commit to increase NHS pay with inflation

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.

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Liberal Democrats commit to repeal competition elements of Health Act

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.

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Lib Dems pledge extra £250m a year for children's mental 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.

Norman Lamb

Exclusive: Lamb proposes single department for health and social care

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.