Health Committee: Press Notice

21 November 2008
No. 27 - Session 2007-08

Announcement of New Inquiry €” Top-up fees

Following the publication of Improving access to medicines for NHS patients: a report for the Secretary of State for Health by Professor Mike Richards and the announcement of NICE's consultation on Appraising end of life medicines, the Health Committee has decided it will undertake an inquiry into the purchase of additional drugs by NHS patients ("top-up fees").

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence. Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear if the submission is from an individual or on behalf of an organisation. The deadline is Thursday 11 December 2008.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at .

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.

Evidence sessions will commence in the New Year and a later press notice will give details of these.

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.