Judy Viitanen is interested to see that Andy Burnham has been appointed Secretary of State for Health, replacing the excellent Alan Johnson, who is now Home Secretary. Mr Burnham, who was previously Culture Secretary, has had a previous stint on the health/NHS portfolio, as health minister between 2006 and 2007, when he was responsible for kick-starting debate on reforms to the minimum practice guarantee for GPs. So, he clearly knows the health brief well from his previous posts at the Department of Health. But Judy and PRimage believe that he’s certainly got some major challenges ahead, including NHS finances being squeezed, the anticipated social care green paper, keeping up momentum on reform, and managing rising demand for healthcare!
He appears to be one of the ‘good guys’ in the Labour party – and should, hopefully be a safe pair of hands. But PRimage thinks it’s a shame that Alan Johnson has gone from health – as a specialist healthcare PR consultant and lobbyist, Judy Viitanen was a big fan of Mr Johnson – and felt he was doing a good job! She’s sure he will prove to be a very good Home Secretary.