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.
Mr Barclay was appointed minister to the Department of Health in January 2018, having previously served at the Treasury.
The MP for north east Cambridgeshire was first elected in 2010 and replaces Dominic Raab, who resigned yesterday over Theresa May’s deal with the EU.
It is understood Mr Barclay will be given a more limited brief as Brexit secretary than his predecessors, with an emphasis on preparations for the UK departure and ensuring the withdrawal agreement passes through Parliament.
Mr Barclay will be replaced at the Department of Health and Social Care by MP for Wimbledon Stephen Hammond. Mr Hammond has previously held ministerial roles at the Department of Transport and the Treasury, and currently sits on the treasury select committee.
Brexit poses multiple challenges to the NHS, including the EU workforce and the stockpiling of pharmaceuticals.
On Wednesday, HSJ revealed the government was exploring whether provider trusts should stockpile other products in case of a no-deal Brexit.