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Health ministers appointed in the three countries

23 May 2011 - 4:30pm

Wales and Northern Ireland have new health ministers after the 5 May elections while Nicola Sturgeon keeps her job as health secretary in Scotland.

Lesley Griffiths (Labour) becomes minister for health and social services in Wales. Before the election she was deputy minister for skills.

Hospital experience

lesley griffith

Lesley Griffiths

'We hope that she will be a champion for therapists,' said Philippa Ford, CSP policy officer for Wales.

'Physios at Wrexham Maelor Hospital remember Lesley from when she worked there for 20 years as a medical secretary before going into politics.'

In Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots of the Democratic Unionist Party, was appointed minister for health, social services and public safety. He was most recently minister for the environment.

Challenges ahead

edwin poots

Edwin Poots

'Physiotherapists look forward to working closely with him in meeting the challenges ahead and in promoting the effective contribution of physiotherapy in the delivery of high quality health and social care services,' said CSP policy officer for Northern Ireland Tom Sullivan.

'We very much welcome the sentiments expressed in his statement on becoming health minister: "My priority is to protect frontline services to ensure everyone has access to the best life-long health care possible".'

Welcome continuity

nicola sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon

After the SNP's landslide victory in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon had cities strategy added to her health and wellbeing portfolio.

'Nicola Sturgeon's reappointment brings welcome continuity to the health sector,' CSP policy officer for Scotland Kenryck Lloyd-Jones.

'We look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue with the minister and her department, and to maintaining and improving services and standards in the numerous health settings where physiotherapy makes a vital contribution to patient care.'

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