West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, has been appointed to the new Department of Health team as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for State. Rosie is delighted to be joining the new health team.
On her appointment Rosie said:
“I am very excited to be working with the new health ministerial team. The new Prime Minister has stated that Health will be one of his three top priorities alongside housing and education. I am absolutely committed to a health service free at the point of use that is open to all. I will make maximum use of my NHS knowledge and experience in this new role and continue to fight to improve health services for the people of West Lancashire.”
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, praised Rosie’s efforts in ‘pushing for an improvement to health services’ in West Lancashire during his first Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons. During the past two years Rosie has fought hard for the future of local hospital services. In recent weeks Rosie has secured a new Urgent Care Centre for Ormskirk hospital that is expected to open in 2008. She has fought and won a campaign to stop the merger of local hospitals with Liverpool hospitals and has worked to secure additional funding to reduce Southport and Ormskirk trust debt and it will be debt-free by next March.
“Over the past decade Labour has invested substantially in our health services greatly improving both waiting times and the quality of service patients receive. The days when patients were waiting up to 18 months to 2 years have gone. The Government now has an expectation that no-one will wait more than 18 weeks from GP referral to treatment by December 2008. However, there will be considerable work ahead as the department of Health embarks on a review of the NHS to ensure it continues to meet patients’ needs and aspirations in the next decade.“
Rosie is delighted with the appointment. She has spent many years working in the health service latterly as Chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital between 1996 and 2005. She was also part of the team that fundraised millions to open the only Lung Cancer Research centre in the world and became a trustee of the Roy Castle Foundation.
Rosie was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Rooker at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.