Victoria Atkins was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 13 November 2023.
She was previously Financial Secretary to the Treasury between 27 October 2022 and 13 November 2023, and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice and Minister for Afghan Resettlement between September 2021 and 6 July 2022.
Victoria led the Ministry of Justice’s work on prison operations and policy, youth justice, tackling violence against women and girls, and rape and serious sexual offences.
From 2017 to 2021 Victoria Atkins was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office. This role included work on domestic abuse, honour-based violence, sexual exploitation and FGM.
Victoria Atkins was elected as the Member of Parliament for Louth & Horncastle in May 2015. Prior to her election, Victoria Atkins was a criminal barrister specialising in prosecuting serious organised crime.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, also referred to as the Health Secretary, is a secretary of state in the Government of the United Kingdom. The holder is responsible for the work of the Department of Health and Social Care. We support ministers in leading the nation’s health and social care to help people live more independent, healthier lives for longer. DHSC is a ministerial department, supported by 23 agencies and public bodies.