Prime Minister, Theresa May, is undertaking a reshuffle of her Cabinet.
Although a move had been widely predicted, it has been confirmed that Jeremy Hunt will retain his responsibility for health but that he will now be Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The exact nature of this expanded role is still to be communicated but it suggests a commitment to better integrated health and social care arrangements by bringing them together within a single department. An update will be provided when further information is available.
Further changes within the new Department of Health and Social Care include the exit of Philip Dunne, whose responsibilities had included secondary care commissioning policy, and the appointment of Caroline Dineage and Stephen Barclay as Junior Health Ministers. Their ministerial responsibilities will be confirmed in due course.
It has also been confirmed that Greg Clark will remain as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Top Cabinet posts of Home Secretary (Amber Rudd), Brexit Secretary (David Davis) and Foreign Secretary (Boris Johnson) have all remained the same.
MAP will provide further key updates when they become available.