Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has taken on the social care portfolio as part of Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Hunt became the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in the first round of appointments announced yesterday.
The MP for South West Surrey was appointed Secretary of State for Health in September 2012.
He was previously appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in May 2010 and was Shadow Culture Secretary between 2007 and 2010 and Shadow Minister for Disabled People from 2005 to 2007.
Responding to yesterday’s announcement, Martin Green, CEO of Care England told CHP: “I am pleased that the Prime Minister has acknowledged the need for social care to be explicitly part of the Secretary of State’s role.
“What we now need to see, are tangible examples of this greater emphasis on social care making a difference to how we integrate health and care. I would also like to see the Secretary of State visiting social care services, and championing the important role social care plays within our society.”
Vic Rayner, NCF Executive Director, added: “The recognition of social care within the Secretary of States portfolio is welcome.
“There has been a great frustration within social care about the lack of parity between health and social care, despite the previous Department of Health having social care within it’s brief.
“This renewed focus on social care, alongside the work being undertaken around the Green Paper on adult social care, presents an opportunity for real concrete change.
“We look forward to working with the Secretary of State and his team to ensure that they secure the opportunity to get the future of social care at the top of the political agenda, where it deserves to be.”