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Lord debates NHS long-term plan

1 February 2019


On Thursday 31 January, members of the House of Lords debated the NHS Long Term Plan and the case for a fully funded, comprehensive and integrated health and care system which implements parity of esteem, preventative health and standards set out in the NHS Constitution. Members taking part included the president of the Royal Society of Public Health and a former chair of the National Association of Health Authorities.

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 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour), president of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Members taking part included:

  • Baroness Cumberlege (Conservative), former chair of the National Association of Health Authorities
  • Baroness Masham of Ilton (Crossbench), founder and life president of the Spinal Injury Association
  • Lord Scriven (Liberal Democrat), member of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Lord Turnberg (Labour), former president of the Royal College of Physicians

Baroness Manzoor (Conservative), government whip, responded on behalf of the government.

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