The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published the updated responsibilities of its Ministers following the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle and the expansion of the department’s portfolio earlier this month to include oversight of social care policy.
As predicted, the two new Ministers of State, Stephen Barclay and Caroline Dinenage, have been appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Care, respectively. Stephen Barclay, new Minister of State for Health, has taken on the majority of Philip Dunne’s previous health responsibilities, including NHS finance, procurement, and transformation. Caroline Dinenage has been appointed to the newly created role of Minister of State for Care, with responsibilities including community health services, and health and social care integration. The creation of this new role has also resulted in further adjustments to wider team responsibilities, including changes to Jackie Doyle-Price’s brief, which previously included responsibility for adult social care, but which now focuses on mental health, women & children’s health and vulnerable groups.
Finally, Maggie Throup MP, Health Select Committee member 2015-present, has been appointed as the new Parliamentary Private Secretary to the DHSC Ministerial team following James Cartlidge’s new appointment as PPS to Jeremy Hunt.