How to be a health secretaryBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.563/a (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:563
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
So the general election is over and you are the new secretary of state for health. Welcome to the best job in the cabinet. You will be advised by some of Britain's brightest young sociology graduates, who will help you draw up your plan for revolutionising health care.
Other cabinet posts carry responsibilities. Defence secretaries, for example, have been known to resign over mistakes. With health, however, like transport and prisons, public expectations are …