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 and Nick de Bois 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)           
Nick de Bois (Co-Chair) 
Baroness Masham of Ilton (Secretary)


Members of Group:

Baroness Hooper
Virendra Shamra MP
Lord Rea
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP
Caroline Nokes MP
Gavin Suker MP
Jim Dobbin MP
Andrew Love MP
Lord Harris of Haringay
Theresa Villiers MP
Lord Stone of Blackheath
Lord Walton of Detchant

Lord Hunt of the Wirral
David Amess MP
Lord Colwyn
Baroness Hollins of Wimbledon Baroness Gardner of Parkes

Baroness Thornton
Grahame Morris MP
Lord Naseby
Lord Rix
Margot James MP
Bob Blackman MP
Mark Garnier MP
Oliver Colvile MP
Yasmin Qureshi MP
Baroness Pitkeathley
Rosie Cooper MP
Adrian Bailey MP
Viscount Bridgeman
Baroness Wall of New Barnet
Debbie Abrahams MP
Julie Elliott MP

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath



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 Officer on 020 7421 9318.