Public affairs

The College works to support and promote the interests of pathologists, patients and students through developing links with UK parliaments and assemblies. The College provides information and advice on pathology to politicians, civil servants, opinion formers and decision makers.

On the agenda: Key issues for the profession

The College works to support and promote the interests of pathologists, patients and students through developing links with UK parliaments and assemblies. The College provides information and advice on pathology to politicians, civil servants, opinion formers and decision makers.

UK Government health and science ministers

  • Jeremy Hunt MP

    Secretary of State for Health

    Jeremy Hunt was first appointed Health Secretary in September 2012 following the controversial NHS changes in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and has been seen as ‘a safe pair of hands’. The health secretarys ays he would like to head the Department of Health until 2017 because he would be “very happy if this is my life’s work”.

  • Alistair Burt MP

    Minister of State at the Department of Health

    Alistair Burt was a junior minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2010–2013, having been a social security minister at the Department of Social  Security in John Major’s government 1995–1997. He takes over the care and support portfolio from well regarded Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb.

  • Lord David Prior

    Minister for NHS Productivity

    David Prior served as an MP from 1997 to 2001 and went on to be Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the Conservative Party. In order to take up this ministerial post, Lord Prior has stepped down as Chair of the Care Quality Commission. He has also been an adviser to the health authority of Abu Dhabi and Chair of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital 2002–2013.

  • Ben Gummer MP

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Care Quality: Ben Gummer MP

    Ben Gummer was elected the Conservative MP for Ipswich in May 2010. He has campaigned to retain and improve health services in the east of England and has written a book on the Black Death called The Scourging Angel. His ministerial portfolio includes pathology and death certification.

  • George Freeman MP

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences

    Ben Gummer was elected the Conservative MP for Ipswich in May 2010. He has campaigned to retain and improve health services in the east of England and has written a book on the Black Death called The Scourging Angel. His ministerial portfolio includes pathology and death certification.

  • Jane Ellison

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health

    Ben Gummer was elected the Conservative MP for Ipswich in May 2010. He has campaigned to retain and improve health services in the east of England and has written a book on the Black Death called The Scourging Angel. His ministerial portfolio includes pathology and death certification.

  • Jo Johnson MP

    Minister of State (Minister for Universities and Science) at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

    Until the general election Jo Johnson was head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board. In July 2014, the London Mayor’s brother was also appointed Minister of State for Cabinet Office.