Minister for public health. NEW ENTRY
Former nurse Anne Milton has been MP for Guildford since 2005. Handed the public health brief, she has approached it with a mixture of populism and naivety.
She got a good reception when she suggested using more straightforward language, for example using “fat” instead of “obese”. Yet she was slapped down by the prime minister when she mused on removing free milk from under fives.
Those who have worked with her on the forthcoming public health white paper have praised her eagerness to tackle difficult subjects. But nursing leaders have found her views of the profession disappointingly old fashioned. She has a chance to win their confidence through implementation of the government’s plans to recruit another 4,200 health visitors.