HM Government reshuffle

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has completed her latest reshuffle (with the exception of Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPSs) which are still to be announced).

Department of Health and Social Care

Jeremy Hunt has retained his responsibility for health, in addition to gaining the portfolio for social care, as Secretary of State for the new Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). This expanded department suggests a commitment to better integrated health and social care arrangements by bringing them together within a single department. A DHSC spokesperson has confirmed that the department “will be taking on responsibility for the forthcoming social care green paper which will set out the Government’s proposals to improve care and support for older people and tackle the challenge of an ageing population”.

Caroline Dinenage and Stephen Barclay have been appointed as Ministers of State at the DHSC, following the departure of Philip Dunne. While their ministerial responsibilities are yet to be announced, in the context of the newly expanded department portfolio, the appointment of two ministers to replace one suggests that one may be given additional social care responsibilities, with another taking on Philip Dunne’s previous health responsibilities. This may result in a further adjustment to wider team responsibilities given that the junior Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, currently has responsibility for adult social care. MAP will provide further updates when they become available.

Following her election as MP for Gosport in 2010, Caroline Dinenage has held appointments as PPS to Nicky Morgan as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities 2014-15; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice, Ministry of Justice and Department for Education 2015-16; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years, Department for Education 2016-17; and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Department for Work and Pensions 2017-18. Stephen Barclay, elected as MP for North East Cambridgeshire in 2010, has previously held positions as Assistant Government Whip 2015-16; Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) 2016-17; and Economic Secretary, HM Treasury 2017-18. Neither appear to have a notable health interest although Caroline Dinenage was a member of both the Science and Technology and Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committees so may take an interest in the life sciences industry (depending on her Ministerial responsibilities).

Other departments

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.

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Published 8. January 2018 in News UK