Hunt’s team at the Department of Health includes doctor who left BMA over strike

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 06 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6018
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The new health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will be backed by an almost new team of ministers. The only holdover from the Lansley era will be Earl Howe, who earned his place by a sterling parliamentary performance in marshalling the Health and Social Care Bill through the Lords.

The new minister of state, Norman Lamb, is already well known in health circles, having been the Liberal Democrat health spokesman between 2006 and the formation of the coalition government in 2010, when he was overlooked for a ministerial job. It went instead to Paul Burstow, whom he now replaces. Lamb was mollified by being appointed parliamentary private secretary to Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister.

Lamb (54) is the son of climatologist Hubert Lamb, who started the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in 1972. In those days Lamb senior believed the world was heading for a new Ice Age, a view he soon reversed. Lamb junior also had a change of heart, albeit less extreme. He worked for …

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