Sunak and Starmer announce further changes to health and care cabinets

Karin Smyth and Stephen Kinnock

After the unsurprising announcement that Wes Streeting was named health and care minister, new Prime Minister Keir Starmer has now made further additions to the cabinet.

Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak, interim leader of the opposition, has made some changes to his shadow cabinet.

One of the most notable changes for social care is that Helen Whately will not continue in her role in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

After having served as social care minister since 2022, Whately will now move to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, while Victoria Atkins (health and care minister since November) will continue into the role of shadow health and care secretary.

The DHSC now has two other ministers: Karin Smyth and Stephen Kinnock.

Smyth has been MP for Bristol South since 2015, and was named shadow minister for health last year.

Karin Smyth

Kinnock, meanwhile, has been MP for Aberafan Maesteg since 2015 and, while not taking on Helen Whately’s official title of Secretary of State for Social Care, will be the minister responsible for the care sector.

Kinnock is Welsh-born to a Welsh father and Irish mother, both politicians.

Stephen Kinnock

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