While the countrywide media, including our humble selves, was tipping Matron Milton to become the new Secretary of State for Health the Guildford and Waverley MP’s mate on the other side of the borough was busy dashing any hopes she had of jumping into his shoes! Perhaps the post of Business Secretary, when he wanted to be Deputy PM, held no attraction when it is Jeremy Shunt’s long-held ambition to privatise the health service and climb further up Westminister’s greasy pole? So despite the fact that most of the medical profession longed for our Annie’s ‘gentle touch’ now …
So go on Annie give it to him with both barrels!
Just a few quotes received:
It says a good deal about the decision-making, firm control and lack of insight that May has allowed Hunt to remain “in charge” of the NHS and has even expanded his remit to Social Care. He has NO qualifications to justify the former and even less credibility to justify the latter. I cannot remember a more mistrusted, reviled and incompetent individual since I started my RMN Training in 1971.
Well done, Prime Minister, done your credibility no end of good. Not.
The elderly and their relatives in the UK should quiver with fear at the impending destruction.
Hunt wants to make a name for himself
There is very little I can add to comments on reports of Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to move from his post of Health Secretary, save only to say that it seems that he might want to go down in history as the man who presided over the privatisation of the NHS.
and they go on and on…. and on!
As we post… former nurse Milton, 62, is currently the Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships and Minister for Women.
Healthcare is known to be a particular passion of Mrs. Milton who trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked in the NHS for 25 years in a variety of roles.
During the 2010-2015 parliament, she served as parliamentary under-secretary at the Department of Health as a junior minister for public health. Despite a public brave face, she was believed to have been disappointed when moved from this job to become a government whip.
Before the reshuffle, Milton downplayed the press speculation. She said, “there is always a lot of press speculation but often based on little real information.”
Michael Gove, the MP for Surrey Heath which covers the three Ash borough council wards of Guildford Borough, remains as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The reshuffle at junior minister level continues today.