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

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

    2012 to 2018

  2. The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE

    2010 to 2012