Nicola Blackwood, the former MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords) at the Department of Health and Social Care. She succeeds Lord O’Shaughnessy after his resignation in December 2018.
Ms Blackwood served on a number of Parliamentary committees during her time as an MP, including chairing the Science and Technology Committee. From July 2016 to July 2017, Ms Blackwood was the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Health.
The role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords) leads on the following policy areas:
- making a success of Brexit
- life sciences policy and industry engagement, industrial strategy and NHS innovation
- medicines pricing and regulation
- data, digital and technology, including cyber security
- NHS land and estates, NHS litigation, migrant cost recovery and income generation
Ministerial lead for:
- NHS Resolution
- NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships
- NHS Business Services Authority
- NHS Digital
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
In addition, she represents the government on all aspects of health in the House of Lords.