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Lord Warner quits health job

29th December 2006

Health minister Lord Warner has resigned from his government post after more than three years in the role.

The minister for health reform said his decision to go was ‘entirely his own’. He will leave at the end of 2006.

But the 66-year-old peer’s departure is being seen as a blow to Tony Blair’s drive to transform the health service and bring choice and competition to the NHS.

In his role as deputy to health secretary Patricia Hewitt, Lord Warner was directly responsible for many of the most contentious areas of the reform programme including the payment by results scheme and the £12bn IT programme.

He was also behind the continuing push for market-based reforms, overriding problems both in the NHS and within the government itself.

Andy Burnham, who took on responsibility for communications earlier in the year, has been tipped to take on the reform role.

His resignation will also leave the government with a vacancy for health spokesman in the House of Lords.

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