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Westminster health ministers announced

Two new health ministers announced by the government as part of prime minister David Cameron's reshuffle

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire Alistair Burt has been appointed care and support minister, replacing Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb.

Mr Burt was elected into the Commons in 1983. He has a moderate voting record shows on health issues having voted moderately against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS, reforming the NHS so that GPs buy services on behalf of their patients, against introducing foundation hospitals and for smoking bans.

Mr Burt's remit includes older people, dementia and end of life care.

Junior health minister Dan Poulter, whose brief included nursing, has been replaced by MP for Ipswich Ben Gummer.  Mr Gummer is the son of former environment secretary John Gummer and was elected into the Commons in 2010. His voting record on health issues shows that he voted strongly against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS. He has also voted very strongly for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients and moderately against smoking bans.

His remit has yet to be published.

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