Alistair Burt will replace Earl Howe as minister for primary care, DH reveals

The government has announced that Alistair Burt has been appointed the DH minister responsible for primary care.

Alistair Burt: minister for primary care (Photo: North East Bedfordshire Conservatives)
Alistair Burt: minister for primary care (Photo: North East Bedfordshire Conservatives)

Minister of state for community and social care, Mr Burt takes over the brief from Earl Howe who last week left the DH to join the ministry of defence.

The former foreign office minister’s responsibilities will include GP contract reform, out-of-hours reform, and primary care commissioning policy.

CQC chairman David Prior will be made a peer and serve as junior health minister in the Lords. His brief will include CCGs, commissioning, urgent care and NHS 111.

Health minister roles

The new under secretary of state Ben Gummer takes over responsibility for secondary care.

George Freeman continues with the life sciences brief, and Jane Ellison with public health.

The new primary care minister is a former solicitor who was first elected to parliament in 1983. He currently represents north east Bedfordshire. Ministerial roles have included positions in the department of social security, and local government.

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