Select Committee on Health First 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

Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP (Labour, Rother Valley) (Chairman)

Mr David Amess MP (Conservative, Southend West)

Charlotte Atkins MP (Labour, Staffordshire Moorlands)

Mr Paul Burstow MP (Liberal Democrat, Sutton & Cheam)

Mr Ronnie Campbell MP (Labour, Blyth Valley)

Jim Dowd MP (Labour, Lewisham West)

Anne Milton MP (Conservative, Guildford)

Mike Penning MP (Conservative, Hemel Hempstead)

Dr Howard Stoate MP (Labour, Dartford)

Dr Doug Naysmith MP (Labour, Bristol North West)

Dr Richard Taylor MP (Independent, Wyre Forest)

The following Member was also a member of the Committee in the course of

this inquiry:

John Austin MP (Labour, Erith and Thamesmead)


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

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Dr David Harrison (Clerk), Eliot Wilson (Second Clerk), Laura Hilder (Committee Specialist), Christine Kirkpatrick (Committee Specialist), Duma Langton (Committee Assistant), Darren Hackett, (Committee Assistant), and Amanda Waller (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, which can be found in Volume III (HC 485-III). Written evidence is cited by reference in the form 'Ev' followed by the page number and the Volume Number, either Volume II (HC 485-II) or Volume III (HC 485-III).

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