All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health

The Group was established in 1998 by Stephen Hesford, Dr Howard Stoate, who were members of parliament until the May 2010 elections, and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, the current chairs are Sir Kevin Barron MP, Bob Blackman MP and Virendra Sharma MP, with Baroness Masham of Ilton appointed as the Secretary.

The function of the Group is to raise the profile of primary care and public health within Parliament; to speak within Parliament on behalf of both users and those working in the NHS; to place primary care and public health high on the Government’s agenda and to inform debate by parliamentarians with outside bodies.  

Activities of the Group include round table discussions, inquiries, summer and annual receptions with a primary care and/or public health theme. 

Current membership


Sir Kevin Barron MP (Co-Chair)           
Bob Blackman MP(Co-Chair) 
Virendra Sharma MP (Co-Chair)

Baroness Masham of Ilton (Secretary)


Executive Members of Group:

Lord Naseby                           
Lord Walton                           
Maria Caulfield                        
Baroness Wall                        
Lord Rea  





The Secretariat

Secretarial services are provided by PAGB, the body representing the consumer healthcare industry. Resources supplied involve the time of one member of staff to co-ordinate group meetings, inquiries, correspondence and reports and in organising APPG events.  We would like to make it clear that the views expressed in Inquiry Reports are solely those of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health.  PAGB took over the provision of the secretariat in 2004.

For further information please contact Libby Whittaker, PAGB Public Affairs Executive on 020 7421 9318.