New Department of Health and Social Care ministerial appointments announced

As part of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ongoing reshuffle, Chris Skidmore MP has taken over as Minister of State for Health from Stephen Hammond MP.

The current changes represent the largest Cabinet reshuffle without a change of party in government, and the makeup of the ministerial team at the Department of Health and Social Care is now clear.

Matt Hancock retained the position of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care despite speculation that he may be promoted. As such, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is likely to retain his signature focus on the role of emerging technologies and digital delivery.

The DHSC has also confirmed that Chris Skidmore will be given the same brief as Stephen Hammond who left Government during the reshuffle. Skidmore was elected to Parliament in 2010 and has served in several previous roles including Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, and Minister of State jointly in the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Caroline Dinenage MP retains her position as Minister of State for Care, a position she has held since January 2018, and Baroness Nicola Blackwood remains Lords Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, a position she has held since January 2019, and is expected to retain responsibility for life sciences.

The Health and Social Care team also gains two new Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State: former Assistant Government Whip Jo Churchill MP, and Nadine Dorries MP.

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Published on 29. July 2019 in News, News UK