Minister of State for Health

Philip Dunne MP


Philip Dunne was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Health on 16 July 2016. Philip was elected Conservative MP for Ludlow, Shropshire in 2005.


He studied politics, philosophy and economics at Keble College, Oxford University.

Political career

Philip served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2010 until September 2012, a role he had carried out in Opposition. He was Minister of State for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence from May 2015 until July 2016, having previously served as Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology, from September 2012 until May 2015.

He has been a member of the work and pensions select committee, the public accounts committee and the Treasury select committee. In September 2012 he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State as Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, with responsibility for defence procurement and defence exports.

Career outside politics

Before coming involved in politics, Philip spent over 20 years in business and investment banking, working in New York and Hong Kong. He also co-founded the Ottakar’s bookshop retail business, which he helped to run for 18 years. He has had responsibility for his family farm since 1987.

Personal life

He is married with 2 daughters and 2 sons.

Minister of State for Health

The Minister of State for Health leads on the following policy areas:

  • NHS operations and performance
  • secondary care commissioning policy
  • healthcare quality regulation
  • hospital care quality and patient experience
  • patient safety
  • hospitals in special measures
  • Department of Health expenditure and finances
  • procurement
  • hospital productivity
  • workforce including pay and pensions, nursing and midwifery and education and training
  • workforce race equality standard
  • professional regulation
  • cosmetic regulation
  • maternity care
  • screening in pregnancy

Ministerial lead for:

  • Care Quality Commission
  • Health Education England
  • NHS Improvement
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports)

    • 2012 to 2015


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