Victoria Atkins MP takes over UK’s department of Health and Social Care


The UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has confirmed that Victoria Atkins has been appointed Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care amid a cupboard shake-up.

The Conservative MP for Louth & Horncastle was appointed to the place at the moment (13 November) throughout a cupboard reshuffle that noticed the earlier incumbent, Steve Barclay, faraway from his place.

From 2017 to 2021 Victoria Atkins was the Parliamentary Below Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability on the Dwelling Workplace, after which moved on to develop into Monetary Secretary to the Treasury between 27 October and 13 November 2022.

Initially a barrister by commerce and with no formal background within the healthcare commerce, her husband Paul Kenward is Managing Director of British Sugar, a agency licensed to develop hashish to be used in youngsters’s epilepsy treatment.

Now, Atkins should helm the federal government division because it navigates a winter of disruption and potential strikes forward of the Christmas interval.

Steve Barclay has now moved on to take over the place of Secretary of State for the Surroundings, Meals and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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The cupboard reshuffle additionally comes after a landmark determination within the UK courts that noticed a critically in poor health child at a Nottingham Hospital have his life-support system switched off after the hospital dominated there was nothing extra it may do.

This occasion and its authorized ramifications are anticipated to take up a good portion of Atkins’ consideration from the beginning of her tenure.

A spokesperson for Nottingham College Hospital Belief stated: “We’re all deeply saddened by the dying of Indi and want to categorical our heartfelt condolences to her household at this terribly troublesome time. 

“This has been a really lengthy and difficult journey for Indi, her dad and mom and everybody concerned, and we are going to all be holding them in our ideas.”



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