Secretary of State for Health and Social Services

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Services was a position in the UK cabinet, created on 1 November 1968 with responsibility for the Department of Health and Social Security. It continued until 25 July 1988 when Department of Health and the Department of Social Security were created.

Though when created the position had responsibility for the National Health Service throughout England and Wales, responsibility for the NHS in Wales was transferred to the Secretary of State for Wales in 1969.

Secretaries of StateEdit

Colour key (for political parties):
  Labour   Conservative

Name Term of office Length of term Political party Prime Minister
Richard Crossman 1 November 1968 19 June 1970 1 year, 7 months and 18 days Labour Harold Wilson
Sir Keith Joseph 20 June 1970 4 March 1974 3 years, 8 months and 12 days Conservative Edward Heath
Barbara Castle 5 March 1974 8 April 1976 2 years, 1 month and 3 days Labour Harold Wilson
David Ennals 8 April 1976 4 May 1979 3 years and 26 days Labour James Callaghan
Patrick Jenkin[1] 5 May 1979 13 September 1981 2 years, 4 months and 8 days Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Norman Fowler[2] 14 September 1981 13 June 1987 5 years, 8 months and 30 days Conservative
John Moore[3] 13 June 1987 24 July 1988 1 year, 1 month and 11 days Conservative
Post split into Secretary of State for Social Security and Secretary of State for Health in 1988.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lord Jenkin of Roding". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Lord Fowler". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Lord Moore of Lower Marsh". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 September 2021.