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Ben Gummer expected to take over nursing brief at DH

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The prime minister has appointed Ben Gummer as a junior health minister at the Department of Health, replacing Dr Dan Poulter who had been in the role since 2012.

Dr Poulter, a qualified doctor, previously had nursing and public health in his policy brief. He worked closely on increasing health visitor numbers with Professor Viv Bennett, when she was based at the DH.

In the run-up to the election, Dr Poulter represented the Conservatives at a hustings event hosted by the Royal College of Nursing.

The BBC reports Dr Poulter said he had chosen to stand down from his role as a health minister to concentrate on his work as a part-time doctor.

Mr Gummer, appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for health, joins the other newly-appointed health minister Alistair Burt, who takes over the post previously held by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb.

Mr Gummer, who is the MP for Ipswich, was most recently parliamentary private secretary to education secretary Nicky Morgan.

Prior to that, from September 2012 to October 2013 he was parliamentary private secretary to international development minister Alan Duncan.

He also served a brief stint as parliamentary advisor to Lord Feldman, chair of the Conservative Party.

However, one link to health is that he has written a book about the Black Death, The Scourging Angel, which was published in 2009.

The announcement was made as part of David Cameron’s reshuffle of his ministerial team, which also saw Jeremy Hunt reappointed as health secretary and Mr Burt, MP for North Bedfordshire, replace Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Mr Lamb as a health minister.

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