Theresa May names new DH junior ministers

Prime minister Theresa May has appointed a new junior ministerial team at DH.

New minister of state for health Philip Dunne
New minister of state for health Philip Dunne

Philip Dunne, the MP for Ludlow, Shropshire, takes over from Alistair Burt as minister of state, the second ranked position in the department.

It is not yet clear whether Mr Dunne, who was previously procurement minister at the Ministry of Defence, will take over the primary care brief held by his predecessor in the minister of state role. 

This morning, Mr Dunne tweeted that he was looking forward to his first day in his new job.

The former science select committee chairwoman Nicola Blackwood MP (Oxford West & Abingdon) and former PPS to the communities secretary David Mowat MP (Warrington South) have been appointed under secretaries of state in the department.

Former CQC chairman Lord Prior of Brampton will continue his role as under secretary of state in the House of Lords. 

Mr Burt announced earlier this month he was stepping down from his ministerial role after 24 years in front bench positions to spend more time on constituency work.

As primary care minister since the May 2015 general election, Mr Burt oversaw plans to implement the Conservative government’s manifesto commitment for seven day GP services and the launch earlier this year of NHS England’s General Practice Forward View. 

The North East Bedfordshire MP, whose father was a GP, repeatedly praised the profession during his time in office, and sought to present a more sympathetic face of government to the profession.

Photo: Ministry of Defence, Crown Copyright

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