Secretary of State for Health


Secretary of State for Health
Secretary of State for Health
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Arms of Her Majesty's Government
Department of Health
Incumbent
Andrew Lansley

since 12 May 2010
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer David Cameron
Inaugural holder Sir Benjamin Hall
Formation 14 October 1854
Website Department of Health
United Kingdom
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Secretary of State for Health is a UK cabinet position responsible for the Department of Health.

The first Boards of Health were created by Orders in Council dated 21 June, 14 November, and 21 November 1831. In 1848 a General Board of Health was created with the First Commissioner of Woods and Forests as its President. In 1854 this Board was reconstituted and the President appointed separately. However, the Board was abolished and its duties transferred the Privy Council by the Public Health Act 1858. From 1871 the Health powers were moved to the President of the Local Government Board.

The Ministry of Health was created in 1919 as a reconstruction of the Local Government Board. Local government functions were eventually transferred to the Minister of Housing and Local Government, leaving the Health Ministry in charge of Health proper.

From 1968 it was amalgamated with the Ministry of Social Security under the Secretary of State for Social Services, until a demerger of the Department of Health and Social Security on 25 July 1988.

President of the Board of Health (1854–1858)

Name Portrait Took office Left office Political party Prime Minister
Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt Sir Benjamin Hall, Bt.jpg 14 October 1854 13 August 1855 Whig
(Coalition)
The Earl of Aberdeen
William Cowper William Cowper-Temple, Lock & Whitfield woodburytype, 1876-85.jpg 13 August 1855 9 February 1857 Whig The Viscount Palmerston
William Monsell William Monsell Vanity Fair 11 February 1871.jpg 9 February 1857 24 September 1857 Whig
William Cowper William Cowper-Temple, Lock & Whitfield woodburytype, 1876-85.jpg 24 September 1857 21 February 1858 Whig
Charles Adderley Charles Bowyer Adderley, Lord Norton.jpg 8 March 1858 1 September 1858 Conservative The Earl of Derby

Minister of Health (1919–1968)

Christopher Addison
Minister of Health 1919–1921
Neville Chamberlain
Minister of Health 1923, 1924–1929, 1931
Aneurin Bevan
Minister of Health 1945–1951
Enoch Powell
Minister of Health 1960–1963
Name Took office Left office Political party Prime Minister
Christopher Addison 24 June 1919 1 April 1921 Liberal David Lloyd George
Sir Alfred Mond, Bt 1 April 1921 19 October 1922 Liberal
Sir Arthur Griffith-Boscawen 24 October 1922 7 March 1923
(Lost seat 1922)
Conservative Andrew Bonar Law
Neville Chamberlain 7 March 1923 27 August 1923 Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
Sir William Joynson-Hicks, Bt 27 August 1923 22 January 1924 Conservative
John Wheatley 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Neville Chamberlain 6 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative Stanley Baldwin
Arthur Greenwood 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Neville Chamberlain 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 Conservative
(National Govt)
Ramsay MacDonald
Sir Hilton Young 5 November 1931 7 June 1935 Conservative
(National Govt)
Kingsley Wood 7 June 1935 16 May 1938 Conservative
(National Govt)
Stanley Baldwin
Neville Chamberlain
Walter Elliot 16 May 1938 13 May 1940 Unionist
(National Govt; War Govt)
Malcolm MacDonald 13 May 1940 8 February 1941 National Labour
(Coalition)
Winston Churchill
Ernest Brown 8 February 1941 11 November 1943 National Liberal
(Coalition)
Henry Willink 11 November 1943 26 July 1945 Conservative
(Coalition)
Aneurin Bevan 3 August 1945 17 January 1951 Labour Clement Attlee
Hilary Marquand 17 January 1951 26 October 1951 Labour
Harry Crookshank 30 October 1951 7 May 1952 Conservative Sir Winston Churchill
Iain Macleod 7 May 1952 20 December 1955 Conservative
Robin Turton 20 December 1955 16 January 1957 Conservative
Sir Anthony Eden
Dennis Vosper 16 January 1957 17 September 1957 Conservative Harold Macmillan
Derek Walker-Smith 17 September 1957 27 July 1960 Conservative
Enoch Powell 27 July 1960 20 October 1963 Conservative
Anthony Barber 20 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Kenneth Robinson 18 October 1964 1 November 1968 Labour Harold Wilson

Secretary of State for Health (1988–present)

Name Portrait Took Office Left Office Party Prime Minister
Kenneth Clarke Ken Clarke 01.jpg 25 July 1988 2 November 1990 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
William Waldegrave 2 November 1990 28 November 1990 Conservative
William Waldegrave 28 November 1990 10 April 1992 Conservative John Major
Virginia Bottomley 10 April 1992 5 July 1995 Conservative
Stephen Dorrell 5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
Frank Dobson 3 May 1997 11 October 1999 Labour Tony Blair
Alan Milburn 11 October 1999 13 June 2003 Labour
John Reid 13 June 2003 6 May 2005 Labour
Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt2.jpg 6 May 2005 27 June 2007 Labour
Alan Johnson 28 June 2007 5 June 2009 Labour Gordon Brown
Andy Burnham Andrew Burnham, September 2009 1 cropped.jpg 5 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour
Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley, October 2009 2 cropped and rotated.jpg 11 May 2010 Incumbent Conservative David Cameron

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