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New health minister for Brexit and workforce announced

The latest health minister has been announced as Edward Argar, who will take responsibility for pensions among other areas.

As one of six ministers at the Department of Health and Social Care, the Conservative MP for Charnwood will be responsible for how Brexit will affect the healthcare system, as well as for workforce, including all aspects of pensions and pay.

His remit also spans to NHS capital, land and estates; finance, efficiency and commercial; operational performance; setting the Government’s mandate for NHS England; and transformation and provider policy.

Argar is joined in the department by health secretary Matt Hancock; Jo Churchill; Nadine Dorries; Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Blackwood.

He was previously parliamentary under secretary of state at the Ministry of Justice, leading on offender health, and in his new position succeeds Chris Skidmore and Stephen Hammond, the former of which occupied it for less than two months. 

Argar has also served as an officer in related All Party Parliamentary Groups, included on dementia and visual impairment, and sat on the board of an NHS trust. 

He has voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life, and paying higher benefits over longer periods for those whose illness or disability renders them unable to work.

Argar's other ministerial responsibilities have ranged from criminal law to education, and sentencing to human rights.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Good luck to him, History at Oxford and then straight into career politics. Perfectly placed to be a HEALTH minister.

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  • Vinci Ho

    You see
    This history of Brexit will become a must-read teaching material in future university courses of history and politics . So toxic with so many ‘casualties’ , ha ha ha.
    Cannot resist the temptation to buy Lord Vader’s new book , For the Record , when it is published next week . It is obviously about pointing fingers in a game of ‘blaming each other’ . While I never forgive the passing of Health and Social Care Bill contributing to our(GP) current crisis , the only credit I would give him for this book is donating some of the book’s profits to a charity on behalf of his son who died of epilepsy and cerebral palsy .
    And for those die-hard fans of the two ‘big’ parties, politics was simply a medium which had exposed unreservedly the weakness and dark side of human beings in your ‘beloved’ party .
    Poignant.

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  • when do we get some one to run the health service who actually understands how it works. As a prof of history he should know how bad leaders destroy populations. he should encourage them all to resign in protest and demand we have a health minister and team who have actually worked in health for a minimum of 10 years with evidence of successful leadership and governance. Bad leaders cost you big time.

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