Members of the Lords, including a former Secretary of State for Health, a professor of surgery at University College, London and the President of the UK Health Forum, debated the impact of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 on the current performance of the National Health Service and its future sustainability, in the House of Lords on Thursday 8 September.
This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Viscount Hanworth (Labour), Professor of Econometrics and Computational Statistics at the University of Leicester.
Members taking part included:
- Lord Lansley (Conservative), former Secretary of State for Health
- Lord Kakkar (Crossbench), professor of surgery at University College, London and consultant surgeon at St Barts and the London NHS Trust
- Lord Rea (Labour), president of the UK Health Forum and former GP
- Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat), principal health spokesperson for the Lords Liberal Democrats
Lord Prior of Brampton (Conservative), Parliamentary Under-Secretary for NHS Productivity, responded on behalf of the government.