Burstow loses care minister's job

 Paul Burstow has departed from his role as care services minister and from the government as a whole.

 
In a valedictory statement, he describes his sadness in leaving his "dream job", reflecting his long years campaigning on social care before becoming the minister with responsibility for the issue.
 
We're already wondering what kind of backbencher he will be and how far he will regain his campaigning edge in relation to social care.
 
But it's probably good news that his replacement is Norman Lamb, who was the Lib Dems' shadow health secretary before the last election, a role in which he campaigned strongly for the reform of social care funding.
 
This will be one of the items in his in-tray alongside the rest of the social care reform agenda bequeathed by Burstow, in the shape of the White Paper and draft bill published in July. But as with Burstow, Lamb's ability to exercise influence will depend on his, and the DH's new boss, Jeremy Hunt, and George Osborne and David Cameron, who will have the last word on any funding boost for adult social care.
 
 
Sourced from Community Care, 4th September 2012.