What is the role of the Secretary of State for Health? What should it be? What was it when you were there? In this book, ten former Secretaries of State for Health are asked these questions - and many more. The health secretaries interviewed are: Kenneth Clarke; William Waldegrave; Virginia Bottomley; Stephen Dorrell; Frank Dobson; Alan Milburn; Patricia Hewitt; Alan Johnson; Andy Burnham; Andrew Lansley. In addition to their insight, wisdom and advice, the book contains thorough analysis of their words and the landscape in which they had to operate.