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Is there a health funding crisis? Lords to quiz NHS chiefs

The House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS will next week take evidence from witnesses including Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the NHS Confederation and Sir Andrew Dilnot who chaired the influential Dilnot Commission on funding social care.

The Committee is continuing its inquiry into the long-term sustainability of the NHS with two evidence sessions exploring current funding issues and the potential to combine health and social care budgets.

The evidence sessions will start at 10:05am on Tuesday 18 October in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. The full witness details are:

10:05am -

  • Mr Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers
  • Ms Margaret Willcox, Vice-President, Adass
  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation

11:00am – 

  • Dame Kate Barker, Chair, Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England
  • Sir Andrew Dilnot
  • Professor Julian Forder, Associate Research Fellow, Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics

In the first session the Committee will explore Mr Hopson's and Mr Dorrell's recent criticism of the Government's approach to NHS funding. They will also ask what solutions the witnesses would propose to tackle funding shortages in both health and social care services
The second session will focus on the potential for greater integration between health and social care services including the possibility of combined budgets and savings that could be achieved. The Committee will also explore how the NHS and social care services should be supported to meet the likely increase in demand for social care due to demographic changes.

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