Henry has written to the Prime Minister calling on her to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care, alongside a cross party group of 98 MPs including 21 select committee chairs and 30 former ministers from both sides of the Commons.
Commenting on this, Henry said: “The Commission would be, in effect, a special Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament taking an independent, cross Party approach to an issue of national importance. It would help to break the political deadlock that has prevented a realistic approach to increasing resources for health and social care.”
“It could examine current demand and funding needs but also take a long term view, including the value of improving prevention in order to improve wellbeing and reduce future costs.”
Henry went on to say: “Here in Norfolk, one of the biggest issues currently facing the NHS is how we join up Health and Social Care. Given the work that is going on at the moment with the Norfolk & Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Chaired by the former Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, and the work they are doing on social care now could be an historic opportunity for this very bold approach.”
“My Norfolk colleague, Norman Lamb MP, who is a former Social Care Minister is an expert on this. We both take the view that although additional funds are going to be welcome and important, and whilst a 10 year funding settlement for the NHS is needed, what we need above all else is this Parliamentary Commission.”
“I personally want to see the NHS taken out of politics completely and one way of doing this is to set up a Commission to look at how we could protect future funding.”