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Lord Warner

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that Lord Warner, the Health Minister, had informed the Prime Minister of his intentions to retire a few weeks ago and he will retire at the end of this year. This was simple a case of Lord Warner, who is 66, wanting to spend more time with his family rather than red boxes. The Prime Minister has thanked Lord Warner for his work and dedication to the NHS. He said,

"I will be very sorry to lose you from Government and you can be justly proud of all you have achieved as a Minister. As you say, health reforms have made a huge difference and you have made remarkable steps forward during your time in the department. I am very grateful for your substantial contribution. You have been an outstanding Minister".

Lord Warner’s response was,

"After a busy and enjoyable three and half years as a Department of Health Minister I have decided to stand down from Government. It is entirely my decision and I will continue to strongly support the NHS reform agenda in the House of Lords and elsewhere."

Asked who would be replacing Lord Warner, the PMOS said a replacement would be announced in the New Year, but as journalists knew he did not respond to reshuffle questions. Asked if the PMOS was ruling out that Lord Warner’s departure had anything to do with the progress of the NHS IT programme, the PMOS said this was a personal decision.

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