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Blackwood returns to government as health minister for innovation

Nicola Blackwood, a former public health minister, will be in charge of medical innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Blackwood, a former Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, was appointed as parliamentary under-secretary for health on 10 January. She will represent the department in the House of Lords after receiving a peerage.

In her new position, Blackwood will be responsible for areas including life sciences policy and industry engagement, industrial strategy, NHS innovation and digital technology. Her portfolio includes oversight of a number of NHS bodies such as NHS Digital and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. She takes over from James O’Shaughnessy, who resigned from the role in December 2018.

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