Care Minister Role Downgraded to Junior Minister Position
For the first time in 8 years the adult social care brief will not be handled at a minister of state level.
The downgrade occurred due to new Prime Minister, Theresa May, reshuffling her government. The adult social care brief will now be overseen by parliamentary under-secretary of state for community health and care, David Mowat.
Mental health also used to be within the care minister remit, but it will now instead fall under Secretary of state, Jeremy Hunt’s, along with his responsibility for all other areas of health policy.
Hospital care, patient safety and NHS performance, operations and workforce has been given to the newly appointed minister of state for health, Philip Dunne, who is also the MP for Ludlow.
David Mowat will be responsible for carers, adult social care, community services, dementia, cancer, learning disabilities, and all elements of primary care, including dentistry and pharmacy, whilst also handling his MP duties in Warrington South.
Previously Mowat was the parliamentary private secretary to Greg Clark, the former secretary of state for communities and local government. He was also elected to the public accounts committee, which scrutinizes all aspects of government expenditure, in 2015.
Before becoming a politician, Mowat chaired a charity that was dedicated to improving the life chances of young people.
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