Steve Brine MP reacts to election as Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee
2 November 2022
“The ability of the health and social care sectors to continue to deliver for patients is a key priority for this committee, particularly how to deal with the backlog caused by the pandemic and the need to recruit a workforce now that’s capable of meeting future demand.
“Further pressures look unavoidable given the current economic climate and the Chief Executive of the NHS has set that out in her own way today.
“I welcome the opportunity as Chair to continue the calm, measured work of Jeremy Hunt and to examine new solutions to support the NHS to enable it to continue providing the services that we all depend upon.
“Despite spending vast sums on health, we fail to reap the rewards in better outcomes. We need to understand why and to press the government about getting better value for our money.
“On mental health, we’re failing young people in particular and we could do so much more on prevention to help tackle deeply concerning issues around health inequalities.
“I look forward to working with Ministers and colleagues across the House on what is our national priority.”
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