What's on the agenda this month
by Daniel Shaw-Stewart, Monitoring Consultant
Parliament enters its summer recess from 24th July. Before MPs go on their respective holidays, the Health and Social Care Select Committee will hold an Oral evidence session on NHS Funding, with representatives from the Kings Fund, Nuffield Trust, NHS Confederation, NHS Improvement and NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens.
Meanwhile, early July will also see the Health and Social Care Select Committee take evidence from a number of charities on Prison Health. The committee will likely explore how prisoners are treated and how their health is treated whilst in prison.
In further news, there will be continued fallout from Theresa May’s £20 billion cash injection into the NHS. Many health professionals and the media speculated where the extra money will come from, with the Prime Minister alluding to a potential Brexit financial windfall. However, The Public Accounts Committee, headed by Labour MP Meg Hillier, argued that any Brexit dividend was likely to be too far in the future, with the NHS needing an immediate cash injection.
Amid the Prime Minister’s extra funding pledge for the NHS, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced an unexpected delay on the Adult Social Care Green Paper. The Government had committed to publishing the submissions, evidence and conclusions before the summer recess, having already deferred it since last year. However Jeremy Hunt said that the imminent spending review needed to be finalised before any publication of the Green Paper.
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Daniel serves as Monitoring Consultant for DeHavilland's UK Health clients. He has previously worked at MHP Communications in its Corporate Affairs Team, and at the BBC during the 2015 General Election as a Production Assistant. He read History and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London.