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Government swaps Department of Health ministers

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A former Downing Street aide and policy director to David Cameron has been appointed as a minister at the Department of Health.

Number 10 said today that Lord O’Shaughnessy had been made parliamentary undersecretary of state to the DH as well as a government whip.

He is a former Downing Street aide, and was director of policy for Mr Cameron from May 2010 to October 2011.

He will replace Lord Prior, who has overseen drugs spending, life sciences, NHS commercial issues, and blood and transplant since July, after Theresa May reappointed Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.

Lord Prior has been moved to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He is a former chair of the Care Quality and Commission and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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