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Two new ministers for health announced

By Lilian Anekwe

The Department of Health has announced two further appointments to the Government's ministerial health team - both with controversial stances on health policy.

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam and Simon Burns, Conservative MP for west Chelmsford, with both serve as ministers of state for health in the new coalition Government.

Mr Burstow has been a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee since July 2005 and is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Primary Care and Public Health.

He has recently led a campaign to save services at his local St Helier Hospital and has called for the publication of a controversial McKinsey report used as the basis for NHS London's plans to shift the majority of hospital care into the community.

Mr Burns was a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee from 1999 to 2005 and from 2001 to 2005, he was a Shadow Minister for Health. Since December 2005, he has been an Opposition Whip. He has been a vocal critic of polyclinics.

Conservative MP for south Cambridgeshire Andrew Lansley will serve as secretary of state for health.

Further appointments to the ministerial health team are expected on Monday.

Paul Burstow MP Simon Burns MP