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Former health secretary takes up private management consultancy role

Former health secretary and Commons health committee chair Stephen Dorrell has accepted a job at a private management consultancy.

The Conservative Party politician will take up a role as senior adviser with KPMG UK’s healthcare and public sector practice, on a part-time basis, from 1 December, the company announced, while remaining the elected MP for Charnwood. The role will see him advising governments, public and private sector clients on health sector policy, the announcement said.

Mr Dorrell, who was health secretary from 1995 to 1997, stepped down as chair of the Commons health committee in June, saying he wanted to focus on the pre-election period in a ‘less overtly political position’. He was replaced in the role by former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes.

KPMG’s UK head of healthcare and public sector Andrew Hine said: ‘The next decade will see immense change in the public sector and the NHS as services change to meet new and rising demand, while funding remains constrained and devolution fuels innovation. Stephen’s experience and thinking in this area is exceptional.’

Mr Dorrell himself said he was ‘delighted’ for the opportunity to work with KPMG’s healthcare team to ‘support the changes which are necessary if our public services are to meet the challenges they face’.

He added: ‘I have spent most of the last 25 years as an advocate of public service reform. I relish the opportunity to work with KPMG and its clients to take this essential reform process forward for the benefit of NHS patients and other service-users.’