Jeremy Hunt succeeds Andrew Lansley as health secretaryBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5961 (Published 04 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5961
- Nigel Hawkes
Andrew Lansley, architect of the latest NHS reorganisation in England, has been removed from his job as health secretary in the mid-term reshuffle, with the changes he began still incomplete. He will be replaced by Jeremy Hunt, who moves to health from culture, media, and sport. Lansley becomes leader of the House of Commons.
Though his complex and controversial Health and Social Care Act made Lansley deeply unpopular with many in the NHS, moving him now represents a major gamble by the prime minister, David Cameron, who defended the bill on its passage through parliament and committed huge amounts of political capital to it. Giving the job of implementing the act to Hunt may be a further gamble, given that he still faces unanswered questions about his role in the attempted takeover of Sky by News Corporation.
The reshuffle may reignite questions …