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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt to take on new social care responsibilities

9th January 2018

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has retained his job following prime minister Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, with the minister now set to take on additional responsibilities.

Mr Hunt's official title has been expanded to secretary of state for health and social care, reflecting the government's desire to better integrate social care provision with other healthcare services as a means of treating patients more effectively.

The Conservative minister has served as health secretary since 2012, when he succeeded Andrew Lansley. During this time, he has come into conflict with professional bodies on a number of occasions, most recently taking criticism for the overcapacity issues that are currently affecting the NHS due to winter pressures.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, responded to the news by saying: "We support the bringing together of health and social care into the portfolio of one minister, as we recognise that what happens to patients in the NHS is profoundly impacted by the state of social care."

However, she also reminded Mr Hunt of the challenges he will face in tackling this issue, noting that many areas of the health service and social care sector are struggling to cope due to persistent funding shortfalls.

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