NHS and Social Care Commission

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:59 pm on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 12:59 pm, 28th January 2016

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his clarification. I agree that we are looking for a process to which everyone can commit. We are not looking for a commission that will go away and examine the problems. We know the issues, which have been set out in very stark terms. The King’s Fund’s excellent independent Barker commission set out the whole range of options. What we have always lacked is the political buy-in and determination to move forward. I would join in making a request for any process that will make that happen, but not for something that pushes it away for three years, because, as we all know, the closer we get to a general election, the more challenging it will be to have a genuine political agreement. It therefore needs to happen as rapidly as possible.