Well it’s slow going but so far we know that Paul Burstow, Simon Burns and Anne Milton are in Andrew Lansley’s new team. They all come with a track record of involvement with health which will mean they can all hit the ground running! Simon used to be in Andrew’s shadow team before becoming a whip and his researcher went on to become
David Cameron’s private secretary; Anne was in the latest shadow team and brings her personal knowledge of 20 years of nursing to the brief, as well as her experience as a GP’s wife!
Paul Burstow has over 20 years experience of campaigning for and
working on health issues as wide-ranging as disability, elderly care, public health, MS and skin.
They face a formidable task. Whilst they have a protected budget, the demands are increasing and to meet the costs of elderly health care and technology advances they have to ensure the NHS finds savings of £20Bn over the next parliament. We think this is possible as the NHS has been cash rich and although this has allowed for some clinical and capital investment, it has in itself as encouraged profligacy. Already Andrew Lansley is asking more of GPs, recognising their last contract was a salary bonanza for many. Pay freezes for others will also help bridge the gap. We wait for further announcements….!