Secretary of State for Health

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Employment.png Secretary of State for Health 
(Health minister)
Official portrait of Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP crop 2.jpg
Matt Hancock, an obscure politician, came to prominence during Covid, where he fronted several of the government's most draconian lockdown policies and the and the medical killings.

Start14 October 1854
Leader ofDepartment of Health and Social Care
PredecessorsSecretary of State for Health and Social Services
Responsible for England's National Health Service.

The secretary of state for health and social care is a senior minister of the Crown within the Government of the United Kingdom, and leads the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with responsibility for England's National Health Service (NHS). The Secretary serves as the principle adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on all health matters. The office forms part of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.


Corresponding to what is generally known as a health minister in many other countries, the health secretary's remit includes:

  • Oversight of England's National Health Service, including:
    • Delivery of care
    • Performance
    • Financial management[1]
  • Matters concerning England's social care policy
  • Matters concerning England's national public health
  • Relations with international health partnerships (WHO)


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Stephen Barclay25 October 202213 November 2023
Thérèse Coffey6 September 202225 October 2022
Stephen Barclay5 July 20226 September 2022
Sajid Javid26 June 20215 July 2022
Matt Hancock9 July 201826 June 2021
Jeremy Hunt4 September 20129 July 2018
Andrew Lansley12 May 20104 September 2012
Andy Burnham5 June 200911 May 2010
Alan Johnson28 June 20075 June 2009
Patricia Hewitt5 May 200527 June 2007
John Reid13 June 20036 May 2005
Alan Milburn11 October 199913 June 2003
Frank Dobson2 May 199711 October 1999
Virginia Bottomley9 April 19925 July 1995
William Waldegrave2 November 199010 April 1992
Kenneth Clarke25 July 19882 November 1990
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