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Lords to hear from Chief Medical Officer and leading health journalists on sustainability of the NHS

The House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS will tomorrow take evidence from the Government's Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Scientific Advisor, KPMG and leading health journalists in the last set of evidence sessions of its inquiry.

The evidence sessions will start at 10:05am on Tuesday 20 December in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

Giving evidence to the Committee will be:


  • Dr Mark Britnell, Partner and Chairman, Global Health Practice at KPMG


  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health


  • Mr Nicholas Timmins, Senior Fellow atthe King's Fund and Institute for Government and former Public Policy Editor, the Financial Times
  • Mr Denis Campbell, Health Policy Editor, The Observer
  • Professor Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief ,The Lancet
  • Mr John McDermott, Public Policy Editor, The Economist
  • Mr Alastair McLellan, Editor, Health Service Journal

In the first session with Dr Britnell, questions will cover international comparisons in health care provision, whether funding a health service from general taxation makes it more or less resilient and whether other countries are better at integrating health and social care.

The second session will look at how the burden of disease will change over the next 15 years, whether bolder action is needed on preventative healthcare and what can be done in the longer term to reduce health inequalities.

The final session will include questions on changing public attitudes to health care, how to facilitate a better dialogue with the public about health and social care funding and the witnesses' assessment of the current Government's approach to long-term planning for health and social care

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