The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department of Health and Social Care, including:
- overall financial control and oversight of NHS delivery and performance
- oversight of social care policy
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Jeremy Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 8 January 2018. He 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.
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.
Jeremy lives in Godalming and London with his wife, son and 2 daughters.