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Anne Milton replaced as minister for nursing

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Nursing minister Anne Milton lost her job in the Cabinet reshuffle.

The former nurse has been a parliamentary under-secretary of state for health since the general election in 2010. Her portfolio included nursing and public health.

In the reshuffle, which saw health secretary Andrew Lansley replaced by former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, former journalist Anna Soubry was appointed under-secretary of state for health.

However, portfolios for new ministers have not yet been agreed so it is not clear who will take on responsibility for nursing in the new Department of Health ministerial team.

Earl Howe was the only DH minster to keep his job in the shake-up.

Mr Lansley will become leader of the House of Commons while health minister Simon Burns was promoted to transport minister. He is expected to be replaced by Dan Poulter, a qualified doctor.

No new role has so far been announced for Ms Milton.

Care services minister Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat who is fighting plans to close an accident and emergency department in his south London constituency, also left the government. He has been replaced by party colleague Norman Lamb.

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  • "Care services minister Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat who is fighting plans to close an accident and emergency department in his south London constituency, also left the government."

    Maybe to make sure his argument carries less weight as a back-bench nobody?

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  • “Establishing nurse leadership in government has been important for me and I’m glad we’ve got what I think we need to give the professions – because it’s not just one profession in nursing – the leadership, the influence they need and deserve.”
    Anne Milton quote from Nursing Times article almost a year ago.

    Bye Bye. Don't let the door hit you on the backside on the way out. You will not be missed. A complete failure.

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  • "Bye Bye. Don't let the door hit you on the backside on the way out. You will not be missed. A complete failure."

    what more would you expect for a nurse holding such a position? is there anyone else who might do a better job?

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  • Anonymous | 9-Sep-2012 11:56 am

    As a nurse working extremely hard on a daily basis doing my job, of course I have a right to expect that someone holding such a position should do a proper job. After all, it is expected of me, and my colleagues, in my position on a daily basis. I have no doubt that there are many talented nurses out there who would indeed do a better job. I wish I was one of them. However, unlike Anne Milton, I know my limitations as well as where my talents lie. I have the right quals and experience to do MY job effectively. The fact is that she made nothing of her job. Her time in post was a complete waste. She did not raise the profile of Nursing within the government and she did nothing to support nurses in their work. She was a willing participant in this government's systematic dismantling of the National Health Service in this country. Like I said, a complete failure.

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