MP Alistair Burt is appointed Health Minister

Alistair Burt.

Alistair Burt.

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North East Beds MP Alistair Burt has been appointed the new Minister of State at the Department of Health.

Prime Minister David Cameron has made the announcement as part of his newly formed Cabinet following Conservative success at the polls on Thursday.

Mr Burt was re-elected for a fourth term as the representative for North East Beds with 34,891 votes.

He was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010 to 2013.

Mr Burt said: “I am delighted to have been entrusted with an important portfolio spanning care and health services at the Department of Health. There are some huge tasks awaiting for the Department and the wider system, not least the delivery of aspects of the Care Act, the better integration of health and care services, and the enhanced attention to be paid to the provision of mental health support.

“I am indebted to the hard work and engagement of my predecessor Norman Lamb MP. Norman took through some landmark legislation on behalf of the coalition and I will be keen to build upon his achievements and see them delivered.

“The work done within the areas for which I am responsible touch on the lives of many people, and I believe it is an extraordinary sector full of remarkable individuals. I am looking forward to listening to those involved and doing all I can to ensure the Government plays its full part in the further development of vital services.”