CDO (England) has never met Jeremy Hunt

CDO (England) has never met Jeremy Hunt

A Labour MP asked in Parliament how often the Health Secretary and his ministers had met Sara Hurley (pictured). She was told that no meeting had taken place with Jeremy Hunt but she met junior ministers on an ‘as required’ basis.

Judith Cummins MP asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have met with the Chief Dental Officer in each of the last three years.

Junior minister Steve Brine MP replied that Mr Hunt has not met the Chief Dental Officer for England since her appointment in April 2015. But the CDO provides advice to NHS England, Health Education England and the Department. “Where advice directly to Ministers is required from any of the professional Chief Officers it is usual for this to be requested by the Minister with portfolio responsibility for that policy area and this is also the case for dentistry”, he added.

The minister continued by saying that the CDO has had a number of meetings with Ministers over the last three years. He explained: “Departmental records suggest that that the Chief Dental Officer has had four formal meetings with individual Ministers over the last three years. She has also supported Ministers at external events and joined wider meetings at which Ministers have been present.”

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