NHS and Social Care Commission

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:21 pm on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Conservative, Faversham and Mid Kent 3:21 pm, 28th January 2016

It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend Jeremy Lefroy, who made some very good points and helpfully referred to the Barker report, which deserves to be debated. We must take a grip of some of its proposals. Although I am sure we do not all agree with everything in the report, it is a good thing to talk about.

It is also an honour to follow Valerie Vaz. I am now a member of the Health Committee, so it is good to hear about her experiences on the Committee and to reflect on what I might do with my fellow Committee members to make sure that we are effective in driving forward the agenda of the integration of health and social care, about which she spoke so powerfully.

I thank Norman Lamb, Liz Kendall and my hon. Friend Dr Poulter for calling for this debate. It has been a good, wide-ranging and productive conversation about the future of the health service and social care. There have been extremely interesting contributions from my hon. Friends the Members for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) and for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison), Mr Clegg and my hon. Friend Maria Caulfield, among others.

I share the desire and aspiration of the right hon. Member for North Norfolk to take the politics out of the NHS and discussions about the health service and social care. There are certainly situations, particularly in the run-up to elections, when there is very unhelpful scaremongering from all sides about what is going on.