Lord Philip Hunt, OBE

Treasurer of the APHG

Lord Hunt is a Labour peer and Treasurer of the APHG.

He began his career in the NHS as a works study officer in 1972 for the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, moving to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre as hospital administrator in 1974.

Previously he had been Director of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts (NAHAT) from its formation in 1990 and the Director of its predecessor organisation, the National Association of Health Authorities (NAHA) from 1984 to 1990. Between 2004 and 2005 Lord Hunt was Chair of the National Patient Safety Agency.

Lord Hunt was ennobled in 1997 and served as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (PUSS) in the Department of Health from 1999 until his resignation in 2003 over the invasion of Iraq.

He was re-appointed to government in May 2005 as a PUSS at the Department for Work and Pensions and returned to the Department of Health as Minister of State in January 2007 and then moved to the Ministry of Justice as a PUSS in July of that year.

In 2008 government reshuffle, Lord Hunt became Minister of State in both the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), as well as acting as the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

Following the 2010 election Lord Hunt was appointed Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Opposition Spokesperson for Cabinet Office and for Energy and Climate Change and Labour's Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

Lord Hunt was Labour Spokesperson for Health in the House of Lords from 2012 to 2017 and was after a brief time as Shadow Spokesperson for Education and the Cabinet Office appointed in 2018 as Shadow Spokesperson for Health and Social Care.

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