The 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.
Mr David Hinchliffe MP (Labour, Wakefield)
Mr David Amess MP (Conservative, Southend West)
John Austin MP (Labour, Erith and Thamesmead)
Andy Burnham MP (Labour, Leigh)
Simon Burns MP (Conservative, Chemsford 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 House of Commons Standing Orders,
principally in SO No 152. These are available on the Internet
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
A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
at the back of this volume.
The current staff of the Committee are Dr J S Benger
(Clerk), Jenny McCullough (Second Clerk),Laura Hilder (Committee
Specialist), Frank McShane (Committee Assistant) and Anne Browning
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk
of the Health Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London
SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219
6182. The Committee's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ion the form 'Ev'
followed by the page number.