Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Health

Responsibilities

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.

Education

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

Announcements

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  1. New £15 million grant scheme to improve mental healthcare

    • News story
  2. Jeremy Hunt announces salary supplement for trainee GPs

    • News story
  3. GP indemnity: development of state-backed scheme for England

    • News story
  4. Learning from post-accident investigations to ensure patient safety

    • Speech
  5. World Alzheimer's Day: could we create a world without dementia?

    • Speech
  6. New bill to improve patient safety

    • News story
  7. Why I'm determined to win the war against 'silent killer' sepsis

    • Speech
  8. New improvements to help fight sepsis

    • News story
  9. Sir John Bell to unveil industry-led proposals to build UK’s status as world leader in life sciences

    • Press release
  10. Patient safety visits

    • Speech