Health and Social Care Select Committee

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Health and Social Care Select Committee
AbbreviationHSC / HSCC
Formation1979
PurposeSelect Committee of Parliament responsible for oversight of the DHSC and its associated 29 agencies and public bodies.
Chair
Jeremy Hunt
Parent organisation
UK Parliament
Websitecommittees.parliament.uk/committee/81/health-and-social-care-committee/
Formerly called
Health Select Committee; Social Services Committee

The Health and Social Care Select Committee (abbreviated to both HSC and HSCC) is a Departmental Select Committee of the British House of Commons, the lower house of the United Kingdom Parliament. It oversees the operations of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and its associated 29 agencies and public bodies.[1]

Inquiries[edit]

The Committee regularly initiates inquiries into government and the policies of DHSC's agencies and public bodies, such as NHS England and NHS Improvement.[2] The Committees' power to hold an inquiry is a core function of a Departmental Select Committee.

2020 to Present[edit]

2017 - 2019[edit]

  • Alcohol minimum unit pricing
  • Antimicrobial resistance inquiry
  • Availability of Orkambi on the NHS
  • Brexit – medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin
  • Budget and NHS long-term plan
  • Calls for cases of GP visa issues
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Care Quality Commission's State of Care Report 2018-19
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Childhood obesity
  • Childhood obesity follow-up 2019
  • Dentistry Services
  • Drugs policy
  • Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis
  • First 1000 days of life
  • Government’s review of NHS overseas visitor charging
  • Harding Review of health and social care workforce
  • Impact of a no deal Brexit on health and social care
  • Impact of the Brexit withdrawal agreement on health and social care
  • Improving air quality
  • Integrated care: organisations, partnerships and systems inquiry
  • Kark Report
  • Long term funding of adult social care
  • Long-term Sustainability of the NHS
  • Memorandum of understanding on data-sharing
  • National Audit Office's Report on Investigation into pre-school vaccination
  • NHS Capital
  • NHS funding
  • NHS Long-term Plan: legislative proposals
  • NMC and Furness General Hospital
  • Nursing workforce
  • Patient safety and gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare
  • Pre-Appointment hearing for Chair of National Health Service Improvement
  • Pre-Appointment hearing for Chair of NHS England
  • Prison healthcare
  • Sexual health
  • Suicide prevention: follow-up
  • Transforming children and young people's mental health provision
  • Work of NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Work of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

2015 - 2019[edit]

  • Appointment of Chair of Food Standards Agency hearing
  • Brexit and health and social care
  • Care Quality Commission accountability
  • Childhood obesity
  • Childhood obesity: follow-up
  • Children and young people's mental health - role of education inquiry
  • Current issues in NHS England inquiry
  • Department of Health and NHS finances inquiry
  • Establishment and work of NHS Improvement inquiry
  • Impact of membership of the EU on health policy in the UK
  • Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care
  • Improving air quality
  • Maternity services
  • Meningitis B vaccine
  • NHS England current issues
  • Planning for winter pressure in accident and emergency departments
  • Pre-appointment hearing for CQC Chair
  • Pre-appointment hearing: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
  • Primary care
  • Professional Standards Authority
  • Public health post-2013 - structures, organisation, funding and delivery
  • Suicide prevention
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans
  • Work of the Secretary of State for Health

2010 - 2015[edit]

  • 2013 accountability hearing with Monitor
  • 2013 accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission
  • 2013 accountability hearing with the General Medical Council
  • 2013 accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • 2014 accountability hearing with Monitor
  • 2014 accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission
  • 2015 accountability hearing with the General Dental Council
  • 2015 accountability hearing with the General Medical Council
  • 2015 accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Accident and emergency services
  • Accountability hearing with Monitor (2012)
  • Accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission (2012)
  • Accountability hearing with the General Medical Council (2012)
  • Accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2012)
  • Annual accountability hearing with Monitor
  • Annual accountability hearing with the Care Quality Commission
  • Annual accountability hearing with the General Medical Council
  • Annual accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Children's and adolescent mental health and CAMHS
  • Children's oral health
  • Commissioning
  • Complaints and Litigation
  • Complaints and raising concerns
  • Ebola virus
  • Education, training and workforce planning
  • Emergency services and emergency care
  • End of Life Care
  • Follow-up inquiry into Commissioning
  • Follow-up: Social Care inquiry
  • Government's Alcohol Strategy
  • Handling of NHS patient data
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • Integrated Care Pioneers
  • MManagement of long-term conditions
  • NNational Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • Nursing
  • PPIP breast implants and regulation of cosmetic interventions
  • Post-legislative scrutiny of the Mental Health Act 2007
  • Pre-appointment hearing for Chair of NICE
  • Pre-appointment hearing for Chair of the Care Quality Commission
  • Pre-appointment hearing for Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA)
  • Pre-appointment hearing for Chair of the NHS Commissioning Board
  • Pre-appointment hearing for the Chair of Monitor
  • Professional responsibility of Healthcare practitioners
  • Professional Standards Authority work inquiry, Professional Standards Authority evidence
  • Public Expenditure
  • Public Expenditure 2
  • Public expenditure on health and care services
  • Public expenditure on health and social care
  • Public expenditure on health and social care
  • Public Health
  • Public Health England
  • Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry
  • Report of the NHS Future Forum
  • Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health
  • Revalidation of Doctors
  • Social Care
  • The impact of physical activity and diet on health
  • Urgent and Emergency Care
  • Work of NHS England
  • Work of NICE

Membership[edit]

2020 to Present[edit]

Jeremy Hunt was elected as the new committee chair in January 2020.[3]

Member Party Constituency
Jeremy Hunt MP (Chair) Conservative South West Surrey
Paul Bristow MP Conservative Peterborough
Dr James Davies MP Conservative Vale of Clwyd
Dr Luke Evans MP Conservative Bosworth
Dean Russell MP Conservative Watford
Laura Trott MP Conservative Sevenoaks
Rosie Cooper MP Labour West Lancashire
Barbara Keeley MP Labour Worsley and Eccles South
Taiwo Owatemi MP Labour Coventry North West
Sarah Owen MP Labour Luton North
Neale Hanvey MP Scottish National Party Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

2017 to 2019[edit]

Sarah Wollaston was re-elected as Chair on 12 July 2017, with other members elected on 11 September 2017 as follows:[4]

Member Party Constituency
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Chair) Liberal Democrat[5] Totnes
Luciana Berger MP Liberal Democrat[6] Liverpool Wavertree
Ben Bradshaw MP Labour Exeter
Angela Crawley MP Scottish National Party Lanark and Hamilton East
Rosie Cooper MP Labour West Lancashire
Martin Vickers MP Conservative Cleethorpes
Diana Johnson MP Labour Kingston upon Hull North
Johnny Mercer MP Conservative Plymouth Moor View
Andrew Selous MP Conservative South West Bedfordshire
Derek Thomas MP Conservative St. Ives
Dr Paul Williams MP Labour Stockton South

Up to 2017 general election[edit]

Changes were made to the composition of the Select Committee on 26 October 2015 - Rachael Maskell, Liz McInnes and Emily Thornberry discharged - Ben Bradshaw, Julie Cooper and Emma Reynolds added.[7][8] Membership was as follows.

Member Party Constituency
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Chair) Conservative Totnes
Heidi Alexander MP Labour Lewisham East
Luciana Berger MP Labour (Co-op) Liverpool Wavertree
The Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP Labour Exeter
Rosie Cooper MP Labour West Lancashire
Dr James Davies MP Conservative Vale of Clwyd
Andrea Jenkyns MP Conservative Morley and Outwood
Andrew Selous MP Conservative South West Bedfordshire
Maggie Throup MP Conservative Erewash
Helen Whately MP Conservative Faversham and Mid Kent
Dr Philippa Whitford MP Scottish National Party Central Ayrshire

At the start of the 2015-2016 session of parliament[edit]

Dr Sarah Wollaston was elected as current Chair of the Health Committee on Thursday 18 June 2015. The remaining members of the Committee were elected by the House on Wednesday 8 July 2015.[9]

Member Party Constituency
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Chair) Conservative Totnes
Dr James Davies MP Conservative Vale of Clwyd
Andrea Jenkyns MP Conservative Morley and Outwood
Liz McInnes MP Labour Heywood and Middleton
Rachael Maskell MP Labour (Co-op) York Central
Andrew Percy MP Conservative Brigg and Goole
Paula Sherriff MP Labour Dewsbury
Emily Thornberry MP Labour Islington South and Finsbury
Maggie Throup MP Conservative Erewash
Helen Whately MP Conservative Faversham and Mid Kent
Dr Philippa Whitford MP Scottish National Party Central Ayrshire

In the 2014-2015 session of parliament[edit]

Member Party Constituency
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Chair) Conservative Totnes
Rosie Cooper MP Labour West Lancashire
Andrew George MP Liberal Democrat St Ives
Robert Jenrick MP Conservative Newark
Barbara Keeley MP Labour Worsley and Eccles South
Charlotte Leslie MP Conservative Bristol North West
Grahame Morris MP Labour Easington
Andrew Percy MP Conservative Brigg and Goole
Virendra Sharma MP Labour Ealing Southall
David Tredinnick MP Conservative Bosworth
Valerie Vaz MP Labour Walsall South

Changes[edit]

Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Fiona Mactaggart MP (Labour) Slough Yvonne Fovargue MP (Labour) Makerfield Hansard
27 June 2011 Nadine Dorries MP (Conservative) Mid Bedfordshire Dan Poulter MP (Conservative) Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Hansard
24 October 2011 Yvonne Fovargue MP (Labour) Makerfield Barbara Keeley MP (Labour) Worsley and Eccles South Hansard
29 October 2012 Dan Poulter MP (Conservative) Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Andrew Percy MP (Conservative) Brigg and Goole Hansard
17 June 2013 Chris Skidmore MP (Conservative) Kingswood Charlotte Leslie MP (Conservative) Bristol North West
June 2014 Stephen Dorrell MP (Conservative) Charnwood Robert Jenrick MP (Conservative) Newark
11 May 2020 James Murray MP (Labour) Ealing North Barbara Keeley MP (Labour) Worsley and Eccles South Hansard
29 June 2020 Amy Callaghan MP (SNP) East Dunbartonshire Neale Hanvey MP (SNP) Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Hansard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Departments, agencies and public bodies - GOV.UK - GOV.UK". UK Government. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Select committees". Institute for Government. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  3. ^ Legraien, Lea. "Jeremy Hunt appointed chair of the health and social care committee". Pulse Today. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Membership - Health and Social Care Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  5. ^ Elected as a Conservative MP
  6. ^ Selected as a Labour MP
  7. ^ Hansard
  8. ^ Health Committee – membership
  9. ^ Health Committee – membership

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