Simon Burns

Minister of State for Health

Simon Burns, Minister of State for Health

Simon Burns is Minister of State for Health, his responsibilities include: Legislation, NHS Performance, Health Services, Reconfiguration of Services, Patient Safety, Application of Quality Regulation, NHS Workforce, Mixed Sex Accommodation and Connecting for Health. Read the latest news from the DH on Simon Burns below.

About Simon Burns: Educated at Christ the King School, Ghana; Stamford School, Lincolnshire; and Worcester College, Oxford. Also has an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Anglia University. Worked for Senator George McGovern in presidential election bid against Richard Nixon in 1972, and on Hilary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign in New Hampshire Primary Election in 2008.

Was MP for Chelmsford from 1987 to 1997, and since May 2010, and MP for West Chelmsford from 1997 to 2010. Was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Timothy Eggar MP and the Rt. Hon. Gillian Shephard MP at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food until 1994. Has also been Assistant Government Whip (1994-95), Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury (1995-96) and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the DH (1996-97), and member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, Simon Burns was also made Opposition Whip. In 2001, he was appointed Shadow Health Minister and reappointed in 2005. Simon Burns has a daughter, Amelia, and a son, Bobby.

Designs help combat hospital bugs

Four new bedside furniture designs to reduce healthcare associated infections are available today for the NHS to purchase after testing showed positive patient and staff feedback. The new designs for … Read more → – Designs help combat hospital bugs

Designers try to reduce violence in A&E

Designers are working with the Department of Health to try to help reduce violence and aggression towards A&E staff. Designers and psychologists have helped identify the reasons patients might become … Read more → – Designers try to reduce violence in A&E

Award-winning support for serving personnel and veterans

A new, free, support service has been launched for veterans, serving personnel and their families. Award-winning website,, is a pioneering online wellbeing service, staffed by professional counsellors, that has … Read more → – Award-winning support for serving personnel and veterans

The role of patient safety

The Department of Health’s White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, puts safety services at the heart of its proposals.  The supporting consultation document on the development of an … Read more → – The role of patient safety