Conservative Andrew Lansley is the UK’s new Health Secretary, having held the shadow brief, despite Liberal Democrats taking a number of key posts in the coalition government to be headed by David Cameron.

This morning Mr Cameron is beginning his role at the head of the first peacetime coalition in the UK for over 80 years and one of the first announcements was that Mr Lansley will take over at health. In the General Election, he retained his seat as MP for Cambridgeshire South but with a reduced majority.

There had been rumours that the Liberals’ health spokesman Norman Lamb could be chosen as Mr Cameron was forced to turn to his political rivals to set up a government but Mr Lansley, the Tories’ shadow health secretary since 2004, was officially confirmed in the role last night.

More details of the new team at the Department of Health will emerge later today and through the week. Visit PharmaTimes UK News which will carry all the relevant information.