Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Health


The Secretary of State for Health has overall responsibility for the business and policies of the department, including:

  • financial control
  • oversight of all NHS delivery and performance
  • mental health
  • championing patient safety

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Jeremy Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Health in September 2012. He was elected Conservative MP for South West Surrey in May 2005.


Jeremy was educated at Oxford University.

Political career

In May 2010 Jeremy was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. He was formerly Shadow Culture Secretary 2007 to 2010 and Shadow Minister for Disabled People 2005 to 2007.

Career outside politics

Before his election as an MP, Jeremy ran his own educational publishing business, Hotcourses. He also set up a charity to help AIDS orphans in Africa in which he continues to play an active role.

Personal life

Jeremy lives in Godalming and London with his wife, son and 2 daughters.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE

    • 2010 to 2012


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