Guest post from Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East. I’d like to congratulate Philip on his appointment as Health Minister. As an MP representing a rural area, he has a detailed knowledge of how difficult it is to maintain and improve health services outside of urban centres. His appointment is an opportunity to give a voice to rural areas. He has a chance to speak out loudly for isolated communities and market towns like Ludlow, whose residents often have to travel a long way to access routine and specialist health services.