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Gummer leaves DH as new junior health ministers appointed

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Three new junior health ministers have been appointed in the next phase of a major government reshuffle by prime minister Theresa May.

MPs Philip Dunne, Nicola Blackwood, and David Mowat have joined the Department of Health after minister for care quality Ben Gummer and public health minister Jane Ellison were promoted to other positions.

Philip Dunne was appointed as minister of state for health, the second ranked position behind health secretary Jeremy Hunt, having previously been minister of state for defence procurement at the Ministry of Defence.

Mr Dunne, who is Conservative MP for Ludlow, said on Twitter he was “excited” to accept the appointment

Ms Blackwood, the Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, was chair of the Commons science and technology committee.

She said on Twitter she was “delighted” to be appointed a minister at the DH but vowed to “keep fighting for science and innovation”.

 

Mr Mowat, Conservative MP for Warrington South, was private secretary to communities secretary Greg Clark.

In a message posted on Twitter this morning he said he was “delighted and honoured” to be made a health minister.

”Delighted to be appointed as minster in the Department of Health…will keep fighting for science and innovation”

Nicola Blackwood

Lord Prior of Brampton, who was appointed minister for NHS productivity in May 2015, remains at the department.

Minister for community and social care Alistair Burt has also left the DH, after announcing his resignation from government earlier this month.

A DH spokeswoman said it was too early to confirm the specific portfolios the junior ministers would be responsible for.

Ben Gummer has been promoted to minister for the Cabinet Office and paymaster general while Jane Ellison has been appointed financial secretary to the Treasury.

Ms Ellison said on Twitter it had been a “privilege and a pleasure to be public health minister for just over 1,000 days”.

She thanked former colleagues and advisers at the DH. She also went on to thank the “professional bodies, scientists, health charities and dedicated health campaigners I have worked with – for all you do for all of us”.

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  • I suppose getting rid of Gummer is a small consolation for not having got rid of Hunt.

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