Prime Minister, Theresa May, left Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary in her Cabinet reshuffle and gave him additional responsibilities for social care. Two new ministers of state have been appointed, Stephen Barclay MP for North East Cambridgeshire and Caroline Dinenage MP for Gosport. The previous minister, Phillip Dunne MP has left the Government.
The Department is renamed the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to reflect its new responsibilities. Two ministers of state (the second ministerial tier) have been appointed to share the workload, in addition to the three parliamentary under-secretaries of state (the third tier), Steve Brine MP (dentistry), Jackie Doyle Price MP (public health) and Lord O'Shaughnessy (House of Lords). Ministerial roles have will be decided in next few days.
Stephen Barclay MP has been appointed as Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care. Stephen was previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018. He served as a Government Whip from July 2016 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire in May 2010.
Caroline Dinenage MP has also been appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. Caroline was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from June 2017 to January 2018. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education from July 2016 to June 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010.
The previous Minister of State, Philip Dunne MP for Ludlow, Shropshire, was dismissed the day after he was criticised for a response to a Labour MP during an urgent question in the Houses of Parliament, where he said people in hospital who were without beds could use seats instead. However, on Twitter his former boss described him as ‘decent, honourable & competent’.