Bradshaw lands primary care role

Ministerial responsibility for GPs and primary care has been handed to Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.

Ben Bradshaw MP
Ben Bradshaw MP

The former environment minister has taken on the bulk of the portfolio previously held by Andy Burnham, who took a senior treasury post in Gordon Brown’s June cabinet reshuffle, with some additional tasks.

In his new role as minister of state for health services, Mr Bradshaw’s responsibilities include NHS finances, NHS IT, emergency care and primary care, including GP issues.

Newly appointed parliamentary under secretary for health Ann Keen is now responsible for NHS contracts, but the GP contract will fall under Mr Bradshaw’s remit.

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