Minister of State for Health (UK)

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Minister of State for Health
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Royal Arms of Her Majesty's Government
Official portrait of Edward Argar MP.jpg
Incumbent
Edward Argar MP

since 10 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
StyleMinister
NominatorPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation1970
First holderMorys Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare
Websitehttps://www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state--59

The Minister of State for Health is a mid-level position in the Department of Health and Social Care in the British government. It is currently held by Edward Argar MP who took the office on 10 September 2019.[1] The minister often deputises for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care alongside the Minister of State for Social Care.[2]

The office was created in 1970 by the incoming Heath ministry as a junior minister in the Health Department.

Historically, the role was known as Minister of State for Health and Social Security as part of the Department of Health and Social Security.

Responsibilities[edit]

The minister is responsible for the following:[3]

  • COVID-19:
    • NHS resilience (acute capacity)
    • supply (ventilators)
  • NHS operational performance
  • Long Term Plan Bill
  • finance, efficiency and commercial
  • NHS capital, land and estates
  • transformation
  • NHS England mandate
  • devolved administrations, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories
  • secondary legislation
  • departmental management
  • EU future relationship and trade
  • sponsorship of:
    • NHSE
    • NHSI

List of Ministers of State for Health[edit]

Name Portrait Took office Left office Political party Prime Minister
Role created out of the Department of Health and Social Security
Minister of State for Health and Social Security
Morys Bruce
4th Baron Aberdare
23 June 1970 8 January 1974 Conservative Edward Heath

(l)

Brian O'Malley

MP for Rotherham

8 March 1974 6 April 1976 Labour Harold Wilson

(lll) + (lV)

David Owen

MP for Plymouth Devonport

Official portrait of Lord Owen crop 2.jpg 26 July 1974 10 September 1976 Labour Harold Wilson

(lll) + (lV)

Stan Orme

MP for Salford West

8 April 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan

(l)

Roland Moyle

MP for Lewisham East

10 September 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan

(l)

Minister of State for Health
Gerard Vaughan

MP for Reading South

7 May 1979 5 March 1982 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l)

Kenneth Clarke

MP for Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire

Official portrait of Mr Kenneth Clarke crop 2.jpg 5 March 1982 2 September 1985 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l) + (ll)

Barney Hayhoe

MP for Brentford and Isleworth

2 September 1985 10 September 1986 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

Tony Newton

MP for Braintree

10 September 1986 25 July 1988 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll) + (lll)

David Mellor

MP for Putney

25 July 1988 27 October 1989 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(lll)

Anthony Trafford
Baron Trafford
29 July 1989 16 September 1989 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(lll)

Virginia Bottomley

MP for South West Surrey

Official portrait of Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone crop 2.jpg 28 October 1989 10 April 1992 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(lll)

John Major (l)

Brian Mawhinney

MP for Peterborough

14 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative John Major

(ll)

Gerry Malone

MP for Winchester

20 July 1994 May 1997 Conservative John Major

(ll)

Minister of State for Health Services
Alan Milburn

MP for Darlington

Alan Milburn 2014.jpg May 1997 30 December 1998 Labour Tony Blair

(l)

John Denham

MP for Southampton Itchen

John Denham.jpg 30 December 1998 11 June 2001 Labour Tony Blair

(l)

Jacqui Smith

MP for Redditch

Jacqui Smith, September 2009 cropped.jpg June 2001 June 2003 Labour Tony Blair

(ll)

Rosie Winterton

MP for Doncaster Central

Rosie Winterton OfficialPortrait.jpg June 2003 May 2005 Labour Tony Blair

(ll)

John Hutton

MP for Barrow and Furness

Msc 2009-Sunday, 11.00 - 12.30 Uhr-Zwez 005 Hutton detail.jpg June 2003 May 2005 Labour Tony Blair

(ll)

Minister of State for Health
Jane Kennedy

MP for Liverpool Wavertree

Jane Kennedy.jpg 6 May 2005 8 May 2006 Labour Tony Blair

(lll)

Andy Burnham

MP for Leigh, Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham2.jpg 8 May 2006 28 June 2007 Labour Tony Blair

(lll)

Ben Bradshaw

MP for Exeter

Official portrait of Mr Ben Bradshaw crop 2.jpg 28 June 2007 5 June 2009 Labour Gordon Brown

(l)

Mike O'Brien

MP for North Warwickshire

Mike O'Brien 2.jpg 8 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown

(l)

Philip Dunne

MP for Ludlow

Official portrait of Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP crop 2.jpg 15 July 2016 9 January 2018 Conservative Theresa May

(I) + (II)

Stephen Barclay

MP for North East Cambridgeshire

Official portrait of Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP crop 2.jpg 9 January 2018 16 November 2018 Conservative Theresa May

(II)

Stephen Hammond

MP for Wimbledon

Official portrait of Stephen Hammond MP crop 2.jpg 16 November 2018 25 July 2019 Conservative Theresa May

(II)

Boris Johnson

(l)

Chris Skidmore

MP for Kingswood

Official portrait of Chris Skidmore crop 2.jpg 24 July 2019 10 September 2019 Conservative Boris Johnson

(l)

Edward Argar

MP for Charnwood

Official portrait of Edward Argar MP crop 2.jpg 10 September 2019 Incumbent Conservative Boris Johnson

(l) + (ll)

See also[edit]

  • Health minister

References[edit]

  1. "Minister of State (Minister for Health) - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  2. "Department of Health and Social Care". www.parallelparliament.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. "Minister of State (Minister for Health) - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-23.


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