New health secretary has chance for change, says BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed the appointment of Andy Burnham as the new Secretary of State for Health.

Mr Burnham replaces Alan Johnson, who has accepted the role of Home Secretary.

John Milne, chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee said: ‘The BDA offers its congratulations to Mr Burnham on his appointment and looks forward to working with him and his team.


‘Professor Jimmy Steele’s Review of dentistry provides an opportunity for real improvements in dentistry.  We look forward to its publication and considering its proposals and how the delivery of NHS dentistry can be improved for patients and practitioners.’


This will be Mr Burnham’s second period at the Department of Health. He also served there from 2006-07 as Minister of State for Delivery and Quality. His political career has also included a spell as a member of the Health Select Committee.

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