Hunt becomes Health Secretary as Cameron shuffles his deck

Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:57
Posted by Scott Buckler

Jeremy Hunt will become the new Health Secretary as the Prime Minister reshuffles his coalition cabinet

Hunt, who came under intense pressure earlier in the year for his handling of the BSKYB takeover, will join the Department of Health as part of an extensive government reshuffle. His predecessor, Andrew Lansley takes the role of Leader of the House of Commons.

Elsewhere, Ken Clarke will make way for Chris Grayling to become the new Justice Secretary, Transport Minister, Theresa Villiers is moved to Northern Ireland Secretary with her predecessor coming into cabinet as Environment Secretary a move which will see Caroline Spelman leave government.

Other notable moves include;

  • International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell becomes chief whip
  • Baroness Warsi replaced as co-chair of the Conservative Party by Housing Minister Grant Shapps
  • David Jones replaces Cheryl Gillan as Welsh Secretary
  • Disability affairs minister Maria Miller becomes Culture Secretary and also takes on the equalities brief
  • David Laws returns as education minister
  • Oliver Heald to Solicitor General

Commenting on the reshuffle, Professor Chris Ham, Director of Policy at The King's Fund stated:

"Jeremy Hunt takes up his post with the NHS performing well after years of investment and reform. However, fundamental changes in the way care is delivered are needed if the NHS is to respond to the demands of an ageing population, changing burden of disease and rising patient expectations. The new Secretary of State must show political leadership by supporting the case for radical transformation in the delivery of care. Although funding pressures on the NHS and social care are an immediate and pressing concern, he must focus on addressing the longer term challenges and ensure change benefits patients."

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