Prime minister continues shake up at Department of Health

Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, and Stephen Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, have been appointed to the renamed Department of Health and Social Care as ministers of state.

Ms Dineage was previously a junior minister for women, equalities and family justice at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education.

Prior to her election in 2010, she was a member of Winchester Council and ran a business that manufactured corporate identity products.

Mr Barclay, who also entered Parliament in 2010, was the economic secretary at the Treasury.

He previously worked in financial regulation and financial crime prevention at Barclays retail bank.

Jeremy Hunt was yesterday reappointed to the Cabinet with the new title of health and social care secretary, in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle.

The new job titles for the ministers and name for the department suggest an expansion in social care responsibilities, though no details on this have yet been announced.

The DH already had the social care in its remit, while the Department for Communities and Local Government – which was renamed to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government – distributed funding for social care as part of its overall council finance remit.

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