MPs take evidence on major trauma care in England

22 March 2010

The Committee of Public Accounts takes evidence on the care patients who have suffered major trauma receive in England. Watch live from 4.30pm.


  • Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE, Chief Executive of the NHS in England
  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh KBE, NHS Medical Director
  • Professor Keith Willett, National Clinical Director for Trauma Care, Department of Health
  • Fionna Moore, Medical Director, London Ambulance Service, NHS Trust

The role of the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) is to examine “the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by Parliament to meet the public expenditure, and of such other accounts laid before Parliament as the committee may think fit.”

What this means in practice is that the Committee’s work is based on the reports of the National Audit Office (NAO), in particular their value for money studies of whether publicly-funded bodies are operating with economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

Neither the Committee nor the NAO can look at policy, only the way in which it has been implemented. As a result, the Committee never calls Ministers, but only senior officials, usually including the permanent secretary, in the department concerned.

Image: PA

More news on: Parliament, government and politics, Parliament, Commons news, Committee news, Health services and medicine

Share this page