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Thursday 4 December 2003

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Palliative Care—(The Chairman.)

Obesity: Mr Richard Ali, Director of Food Policy, British Retail Consortium, Mr David Croft, Head of Brand Technology, and Mrs Susan Bromley, Development Marketing Manager, The Co-operative Group, Ms Penny Coates, Director of Private Label, ASDA and Mr David North, Director, Government Affairs, Tesco Plc, were examined.

Mr Barry Gardiner, a Member of the House , was examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 11 December at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 11 December 2003

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Mr Chris Vellenmoweth be appointed a general Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee for the remainder of this Parliament—(The Chairman.)

   Resolved, That the Committee do visit Finland and Denmark in connection with its inquiries into Obesity; Elder Abuse; and Palliative Care—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Cornwall in connection with its inquiries into Elder Abuse; and Palliative Care—(The Chairman.)

Elder Abuse: Mr Gary FitzGerald, Chief Executive, Action on Elder Abuse, Ms Tessa Harding, Senior Policy Adviser, Help the Aged, Mr Jonathan Coe, Chief Executive, Prevention of Professional Abuse Network and Mrs Jenny Potter, National Officer, Community and District Nursing Association, were examined.

Mr Frank Ursell, Chief Executive Officer, Registered Nursing Home Association, Ms Sue Fiennes, National Lead, Association of Directors of Social Services, Mr Bill McClimont, Chairman, UK Home Care Association and Mrs Nadra Ahmed, Chairman, National Care Homes Association, were examined.

In the absence of the Chairman, John Austin took the Chair.

[Adjourned till Thursday 18 December at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 18 December 2003

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr Keith Bradley
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Scotland to meet its counterparts in the Scottish Assembly, and in connection with its inquiry into Palliative Care.—(The Chairman).

Obesity: Dr Ian Campbell, Chairman, National Obesity Forum, Dr Colin Waine, Visiting Professor, Primary and Community Care, University of Sunderland, Dr Nick Finer, Hon. Consultant Physician, Obesity Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS Trust, Professor John Baxter, Secretary, British Obesity Surgery Society and Ms Dympna Pearson, Chairman, Dieticians in Obesity Management, were examined.

Professor Iain Broom, Consultant, Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, Grampian University Hospitals Trust, Ms Louise Mann, Practice Nurse and Ms Amanda Avery, Community Dietician, Greater Derby Primary Care Trust, Ms Sally Hayes, Lead Nurse and Ms Emma Croft, Community Dietician, Leeds North West Primary Care Trust, were examined.

Ms Paula Hunt, Nutritionist and Dietician, WeightWatchers, Ms Jacquie Lavin, Nutritionist, Slimming World, Ms Jackie Cox, Joint Chair, The Obesity Awareness and Solutions Trust and Dr Helen Truby , Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey, Principal Investigator, BBC Diet Trials, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 8 January 2004 at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 8 January 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   Resolved, That the Committee do make a Report to the House on the Work of the Committee

   2003.—(The Chairman.)

Obesity: Ms Sue Davies, Principal Policy Adviser, Consumers' Association and Dr Mike Rayner, Director, British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Group, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 15 January at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 15 January 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Jim Dowd
Dr Richard Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [The Work of the Health Committee 2003], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 28 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

The Committee further deliberated.

Obesity: Mr Callton Young, Head, Food and Drink Industry Division, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Andrew Wadge, Director, Food Safety Policy, Mr Tom Murray, Head, Nutrition Division, and Ms Rosemary Hignett, Head, Food Labelling and Standards Division, Food Standards Agency, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 22 January at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 22 January 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Dr Anne Naysmith be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in connection with its inquiry into Palliative Care.—(The Chairman.)

Elder Abuse: Ms Anne Parker CBE, Chair, National Care Standard Commission, Dame Deirdre Hine, Chairman, Commission for Health Improvement and Ms Lynne Berry, Chief Executive, General Social Care Council, were examined.

Dr Stephen Ladyman , a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Professor Ian Philp, National Director for Older People's Services ,and Mr Ray Warburton, Head, Elder Abuse and Social Care Access, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 29 January at half past Ten o'clock.

Thursday 29 January 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 5 February at half past Ten o'clock.

Thursday 5 February 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith

   The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 4 March at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 4 March 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

The Responsibilities of Lord Warner: Lord Warner, a Member of the House of Lords, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Mr Miles Ayling, Deputy Head, Planning and Programmes Unit, Mrs Anne Rainsberry, Change Management Lead, and Dr Charles Dobson, Special Projects Adviser, Clinical and Cost-effectiveness Group, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 11 March at half past Ten o'clock.

Thursday 11 March 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith

   The Committee deliberated.

Obesity: Miss Melanie Johnson, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Ms Imogen Sharp, Branch Head, Health Improvement and Prevention Team, Ms Danila Armstrong, Nutrition Programme Manager, and Dr Adrienne Cullum, Senior Nutrition Scientist, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 24 March at half past Ten o'clock.

Wednesday 24 March 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Elder Abuse), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Chairman's draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 187 read and agreed to.

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.

   Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No 134 (Select Committees (Reports)) be applied to the Report—(The Chairman.)

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

[Adjourned till Thursday 25 March at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 25 March 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith

   The Committee deliberated.

Palliative Care: Professor Mike Richards, National Director, Professor Stuart Tanner, Medical Adviser and Mrs Jane Scott, Team Leader, Child Health Services, and Ms Sue Hawkett, Team Leader, Supportive and Palliative Care, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 29 March at a quarter to Four o'clock.

Monday 29 March 2004

Members present

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.—(The Chairman.)

   Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into The Provision of Allergy Services; and GP Out-of-Hours Services.—(The Chairman.)

Obesity: Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Minister for Children, and Ms Mela Watts, Divisional Manager, Curriculum Division, Department for Education and Skills, Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, a Member of the House, Secretary of State, and Mr Paul Heron, Head, Sports Division, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 22 April at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 22 April 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Palliative Care: Dame Gill Oliver, Director, Service Development, MacMillan Cancer Relief, Ms Christine Shaw, Acting Chief Executive, Help the Hospices, Mr Peter Tebbit, National Palliative Care Development Adviser, National Council for Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care, Dr John Wiles, Chairman, Association for Palliative Medicine, and Mr Tom Hughes-Hallett, Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 26 April at half past Three o'clock.

Monday 26 April 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   Ordered: That Dr Pamela Ewan be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the Provision of Allergy Services—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 April at Two o'clock.

Tuesday 27 April 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Mr David Amess
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 29 April at half past Nine o'clock.

Thursday 29 April 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Mr David Amess
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 6 May at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 6 May 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Jim Dowd
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Palliative Care: Dr Keri Thomas, General Practitioner, National Clinical Lead, Palliative Care Cancer Services Collaborative, Ms Corinne Lowe, National Executive Committee Member, Community and District Nursing Association, Mrs Rowena Dean, Chair, National Forum for Hospice at Home and Ms Suzy Croft, Chair, Association of Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Social Workers, were examined.

Ms Lizzie Chambers, Acting Chief Executive, Association for Children with Life-Threatening or Terminal Conditions and Their Families, Mr Gurch Randhawa, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Health Service Research, University of Luton, Ms Tricia Holmes, Director, Care Development, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Ms Joanne Rule, Chief Executive CancerBACUP, and Mr Philip Hurst, Health Policy Officer, Age Concern, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 10 May at half past Three o'clock.

Monday 10 May 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Obesity), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

   Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

   Paragraphs 1 to 411 read and agreed to.

   Summary agreed to.

   Annexes agreed to.

   Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

   Resolved, That the Report be the Third Report of the Committee to the House.

   Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

   Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select Committees (Reports)) be applied to the Report.

   Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House—(The Chairman.)

   Several Memoranda were ordered to be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Thursday 20 May at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 20 May 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   Resolved, That the Committee do visit Wales to meet its counterparts in the National Assembly for Wales, and in connection with its inquiry into The Provision of Allergy Services.

The Responsibilities of the Minister of State for Health: Rt Hon John Hutton, a Member of the House, Minister of State for Health, Mr John Bacon, Group Director, Health and Social Care Delivery, Ms Ann Stephenson, Head, Standards and Investigations, and Mr Gordon Hextall CB, Chief Operating Officer, NHS National Programme for IT, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 26 May at Ten o'clock.

Wednesday 26 May 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Palliative Care: Miss Melanie Johnson, a Member of the House, Minister for Public Health, and Dr Stephen Ladyman, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 17 June at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 17 June 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Jim Dowd
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   Ordered, That Professor John Abraham and Mr Charles Medawar be appointed Specialist Advisers to assist the Committee in its inquiry into The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.—(The Chairman.)

   Resolved, That the Committee visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Australia, in connection with its inquiry into The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.—(The Chairman.)

   Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the same visit.

   The Provision of Allergy Services: Mrs Muriel Simmons, Chief Executive, Allergy UK, Mr David Reading, Campaign Director, the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Dr Shuaib Nasser, Consultant Allergist, Addenbrooke's Hospital, were examined.

   Professor Stephen Holgate, Chairman, National Allergy Strategy Group, Professor Andrew Wardlaw, President, British Society, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Professor John Warner, Paediatric Allergist, University of Southampton, and Dr Lawrence Youlten, London Allergy Clinic, were examined.

   In the absence of the Chairman, John Austin was called to the Chair.

[Adjourned till Thursday 24 June at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 24 June 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

GP Out-of-Hours Services: Dr John Chisholm, Chairman, General Practitioners Committee, British Medical Association, Dr Ruth Livingstone, NHS Alliance, Professor David Haslam, Chairman of Council, Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive, National Association of GP Co-operatives, Dr Mike Sadler, Medical Director, Primecare and Mr Martin Shalley, President, British Association for Emergency Medicine, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 1 July at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 1 July 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair.

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Paul Burstow
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

The Provision of Allergy Services: Dr Stephen Ladyman, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Mrs Patience Wilson, Head, Programme, National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 8 July at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 8 July 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   

   Ordered, That Dr Harriet Scorer be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry—(The Chairman.)

GP Out of Hours Services: Dr Graham Rich, Chief Executive, West Hull NHS Primary Care Trust, Ms Lyn Reynolds, Primary Care Development Manager, East Anglia NHS Ambulance Trust and Mr Ed Lester, Chief Executive, NHS Direct, were examined.

Rt Hon John Hutton, A Member of the House, Minister of State for Health, Professor David Colin-Thome, National Director for Primary Care , and Ms Margaret Edwards, Director of Access, Health and Social Care Delivery Group, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 July at 11 o'clock.

Thursday 14 July 2004

Members present:

John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Jim Dowd
Dr Doug Naysmith
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   In the absence of the Chairman, John Austin was called to the Chair.

   Draft Report (Palliative Care), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

   Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

   Paragraphs 1 to 136 read and agreed to.

   Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to the House.

   Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

   Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

   Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select Committees (Reports)) be applied to the Report—(The Chairman.)

   Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House

   Several Memoranda (Palliative Care) were ordered to be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Monday 19 July at Four o'clock.

Monday 19 July 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (GP Out of Hours Services), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 113 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Provisions of Standing Order No 134 (Select Committee (Reports)) be applied to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman).

[Adjourned till Thursday 9 September at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 9 September 2004

Members present:

Mr David Amess
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Patsy Calton
Jim Dowd
Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   In the absence of the Chairman, Dr Doug Naysmith was called to the Chair.

   

   The Committee deliberated.

The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry: Dr Felicity Harvey, Head, Medicines, Pharmacy and Industry Group, Dr Jim Smith, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Professor Sally Davies, Director, Research and Development, and Professor Kent Woods, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency, and Dr Monica Darnbrough, Director, Bioscience Unit, Department of Trade and Industry, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 16 September at half past Ten o'clock.

Thursday 16 September 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mrs Patsy Calton
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   Resolved: That the Committee do inquire into New Developments in HIV/Aids and Sexual Health Policy.—(The Chairman).

[Adjourned till Tuesday 12 October at a quarter past Ten o'clock.

Tuesday 12 October 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair.

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Patsy Calton
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Provision of Allergy Services), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 169 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select Committee (Reports)) be applied to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.

Several Memoranda were ordered to be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Thursday 14 October at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 14 October 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair.

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Patsy Calton
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Companies: Dr Des Spence, No Free Lunch UK, Mr Graham Vidler, Head of Policy, Consumers' Association, Dr Ike Iheanacho, Editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, and Dr Peter Wilmshurst, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, were examined.

Mr Richard Brook, Chief Executive, Mind, Professor David Healy, North Wales Department of

Psychological Medicine, University of Wales, and Professor Andrew Herxheimer, Emeritus Fellow, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, were examined.

   In the absence of the Chairman, Dr Doug Naysmith was called to the Chair.

[Adjourned till Thursday 28 October at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 28 October 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair.

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

   

   Resolved: That the Committee do inquire into Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism

   in Hospitalised Patients; and The Use of New Medical Technologies within the NHS.—(The Chairman.)

   Resolved, That the Committee do visit Brussels; and Sandwich, Kent in connection with its

   inquiry into The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.—(The Chairman.)

Public Expenditure 2004: Mr John Bacon, Group Director, Health and Social Care Delivery, Mr Martin Campbell, Head, Resource Planning and Acquisition, Mr Andrew Foster, Director, Workforce, and Mr Craig Muir, Director, Older People and Disability Division, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 3 November at half-past Two o'clock.

Wednesday 3 November 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair.

John Austin
Mr Keith Bradley
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Patsy Calton
Jim Dowd
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith
Dr Richard Taylor

   The Committee deliberated.

Public Expenditure 2004: Rt Hon Dr John Reid, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Health, and Mr Richard Douglas, Director, Finance and Investment were further examined, and Mr John Bacon, Group Director, Health and Social Care Delivery, Department of Health was examined.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 11 November at Ten o'clock.

Thursday 11 November 2004

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mrs Patsy Calton
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Doug Naysmith

   The Committee deliberated.

   Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into The use of Medical Technology by the NHS.—(The Chairman.)

   Resolved, That the Committee do visit University College Hospital Pharmacy, London in connection with its inquiry into The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.—(The Chairman.)

   

   Ordered, That Dr Anton Pozniak and Professor Michael Adler be appointed as Specialist Advisers to assist the Committee in its inquiry into New Developments in HIV/Aids and Sexual Health Policy.—(The Chairman.)

   

   Ordered, That Professor John Pasi be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into The Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients.—(The Chairman.)

The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry: Dr Iona Heath, Past Chair, Committee on Medical Ethics, Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Tim Kendall, Deputy Director, Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, Mr Matt Griffiths, Senior Charge Nurse, Joint Prescribing Adviser, Royal College of Nursing, Mr John D'Arcy, Chief Executive, National Pharmaceutical Association, Mr Rob Darracott, Director of Corporate and Strategic Development, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and Dr Richard Nicholson, Editor, Bulletin of Medical Ethics, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 25 November at Ten o'clock.

Appendix

Declaration of Members Interests

Thursday 24 June 2004

John Austin and Mr Owen Jones declared the following interest:

Member of the Co-operative Party.

   Dr Richard Taylor declared the following interest:

   Member of the British Medical Association.

 
 
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