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'We need a frank and honest debate with the public about the pressures which face health and care'

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Open letter to chair of the Commons health select committee Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, following confirmation from the committee today that its report into health and care spending will not be published.

The report was originally due to be published this week. 

Wednesday 11 March 2015 


Dear Dr Wollaston MP, 

We are writing to you regarding your Committee’s inquiry into public expenditure on health and care. The below signed gave evidence to this inquiry.

We are disappointed that, despite much work and considerable input from a broad range of organisation and members of the public, the Committee has taken the decision not to publish their report before the dissolution of parliament ahead of the general election.

Spending on health and care services is a hugely important issue to people who use these services, their loved ones, the staff who are employed by these services, and ultimately to the taxpayer. This issue will no doubt be a key topic for the British public in the forthcoming election.  

It is concerning that, as we head into the election, we now do so without a cross party view from parliament on the future funding of our health and care services. We know that this is a contentious area, which makes your report even more important.

During the election campaign and beyond, we need a frank and honest debate with the public about the pressures which face health and care. The health select committee could play a role in facilitating that debate with its clear and considered views. In our evidence we sought to assist the committee in doing so, trusting that the result would be fair, timely and objective. 

We urge the Committee to fulfil its responsibilities by returning to this matter and publishing their report in good time ahead of the general election. 

Yours sincerely

Rob Webster, chief executive, NHS Confederation

David Hare, chief executive, NHS Partners 

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