I’m delighted to have been appointed Minister of State in the Department for Health and Social Care, as part of last week’s reshuffle.
My new responsibilities include social care, the NHS workforce, as well as learning disabilities and autism.
Solving the crisis in social care, and achieving our commitment of 50,000 more nurses, are two of the most important things for making sure people get the care they need.
We need to train and recruit more doctors and nurses, but we also need talented people to stay working in the health service. Before going into politics, I worked in healthcare consultancy – helping NHS hospitals improve care and make the most of resources. I want to use my background in healthcare to make the NHS a truly great place to work.
We know our social care system needs fixing. It’s time for us to come together and build a cross party consensus on social care, so everyone can get the care they need - without being forced to sell their homes.
I’m looking forward to working with fantastic NHS and social care staff across the country - including here in Faversham and Mid Kent, to make healthcare better for everyone.