The NHS Confederation has congratulated Andrew Lansley on his appointment as health secretary.

NHS Confederation chief executive Steve Barnett said: “We congratulate Andrew Lansley on his appointment and look forward to continuing the constructive relationship we had developed while he was in opposition.

“The NHS faces significant challenges as it will have to make £15-20bn of efficiency savings over the next five years.

“Helping the NHS through this period will require all relevant groups to work together so that we can safeguard public support of and confidence in the NHS.”