Health Committee Press Notice No 26

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17 July 2007
Session 2006-07

The Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health


The Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health


There are few higher profile posts in Government than Secretary of State for Health. The responsibility for the nation's healthcare, and the thousands of people who work in the NHS and care services, is a huge task. Alan Johnson was appointed to this post in June 2007.

The Health Committee is interested in the new Secretary of State's views on the current state of the health service and his priorities for the future, especially in light of his recent statement on the Darzi review of the NHS.

Therefore, the Committee is holding the following evidence session:

Wednesday 25 July
Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

at 9.30 am

Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health


The uncorrected transcript of each evidence session is placed on the Health Committee website as soon as possible after the meeting ƒÆ’‚ƒ‚‚ƒ€ " www.parliament.uk/healthcom .

Dates and times of all public House of Commons Select Committee meetings can be found at www.parliament.uk/what_s_on/hoc_news3.cfm


Members of the public and representatives of the press will be admitted to these meetings. Meetings may be held either in the Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House, and there are often last minute changes. Those wishing to attend are advised to check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information office on 020 7219 4272 the day before the meeting.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons.‚ It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.

Please note that the Health Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.

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