Select Committee on Health Third Report

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.

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)
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 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 A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume.

Committee staff

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 (Secretary).


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


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.

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