Select Committee on Health First Report

Health Committee

The Health Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and its associated bodies.

Current Membership

Mr David Hinchliffe MP (Labour, Wakefield) (Chairman)
Mr David Amess MP (Conservative, Southend West)
John Austin MP (Labour, Erith and Thamesmead)
Andy Burnham MP (Labour, Leigh)
Mr Simon Burns MP (Conservative, Chelmsford West)
Jim Dowd MP (Labour, Lewisham West)
Julia Drown MP (Labour, South Swindon)
Sandra Gidley MP (Liberal Democrat, Romsey)
Siobhain McDonagh MP (Labour, Mitcham and Morden)
Dr Doug Naysmith MP (Labour, Bristol North West)
Dr Richard Taylor MP (Independent, Wyre Forest)


The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in the House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No. 152. These are available on the Internet via


The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet at


All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Health Committee, Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 5466. The Committee's e-mail address is:


In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number as in 'Ev 12'. The oral and written evidence is published separately in Volume II (HC308- II).

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