Health secretary Andrew Lansley has pledged to publish a response to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery during the “pause” in the government’s reform agenda.
Last week, Mr Lansley announced in the House of Commons that there would be a break in the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill through parliament in order to amend the legislation. It followed growing criticism of the bill and speculation of a government U-turn on some of its proposals.
In a question and answer session after his statement on 4 April, Mr Lansley was asked by Wirral South MP Alison McGovern if he would “finally find time” to respond to the commission’s’ final report, which was published more than 12 months ago by the previous government.
She said: “The Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery reported a year ago in March 2010. Of the 20 recommendations nearly all relate to improving the quality of care in the NHS, which is my constituents’ priority, not top-down re-organisation.
“During the pause that the Secretary of State has announced today, will the government finally find time to respond to that important report?”
In a brief reply, Mr Lansley told the Commons: “Yes”.
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