Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health


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

  • nursing and midwifery
  • maternity services
  • health education & training
  • children’s health
  • NHS workforce
  • NHS estates
  • NHS security management
  • allied health professions
  • NHS IT & information strategy
  • NHS Litigation Authority
  • medical education & training
  • NHS procurement
  • hospital Food

Current role holder: Dr Daniel Poulter

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

    • 1996 to 1997


  1. Children's health

    • 21 February 2014
  2. Compassionate care in the NHS

    • 25 March 2013


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