Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health


The minister is responsible for health at the Department of Health. Responsibilities include:

  • nursing
  • patient experience
  • maternity
  • midwifery
  • children’s health
  • NHS workforce
  • NHS estates
  • patient safety
  • health care acquired infection

Current role holder: Dr Daniel Poulter MP

Dan Poulter was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.


Dan studied law at Bristol University and has a degree in medicine from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine.

Political career

He was a member of the Health Select Committee, Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Maternity, and an Officer of the Parliamentary group to improve global health.

Career outside politics

Before entering politics, Dan worked as an NHS hospital doctor specialising primarily in obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s health. He continues to practice medicine as an NHS hospital doctor on a part-time basis.

He has helped to set up medical and lifestyle advice clinics for the homeless and people with drug and alcohol misuse problems.

He was previously Deputy Leader of Reigate and Banstead Council.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Simon Burns MP

    • 1996 to 1997


under the responsibility of Dr Daniel Poulter MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health

  1. Giving all children a healthy start in life

    • 21 February 2014
  2. Protecting patients from avoidable harm

    • 25 March 2013
  3. Treating patients and service users with respect, dignity and compassion

    • 25 March 2013


by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health

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  1. New nursing apprenticeships for those who have proven they can care

    • 4 March 2014
    • Press release
  2. Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo

    • 9 October 2013
    • Speech
  3. NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

    • 18 February 2013
    • News story
  4. £11 million funding boost to improve NHS care for war veterans

    • 15 February 2013
    • News story
  5. Hospitals share in funding to improve birthing environments

    • 24 January 2013
    • News story
  6. 2013 Health Partnership Awards launched

    • 10 January 2013
    • Announcement
  7. New child abuse alert system for hospitals announced

    • 27 December 2012
    • News story
  8. Doctors and nurses to help protect vulnerable children

    • 27 December 2012
    • Press release
  9. Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum final event

    • 21 December 2012
    • News story
  10. ‘Bump book’ to help pregnant mums keep healthy

    • 15 December 2012
    • News story

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