Labour sweeps to power, Wes Streeting MP appointed as new health secretary

Wes Streeting MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in the new Labour Government.

The Ilford North MP will now take on the critical role of overseeing the National Health Service (NHS) and implementing Labour’s ambitious health agenda.

At the core of the Labour Party’s healthcare reform manifesto is enhancing accessibility to primary and community healthcare. This involves implementing a
‘Community Pharmacist Prescribing Service,’ to empower pharmacists with independent prescribing rights where clinically suitable.

This initiative aims to alleviate the strain on GP practices and enhance service accessibility.

Additionally, the manifesto proposes piloting Neighbourhood Health Centres, to integrate various healthcare services —such as family doctors, district nurses,
and mental health specialists under one roof.