Michael Watson questions whether the inquiry into NHS dentistry services will continue.
Last summer, the then House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee instituted an inquiry into NHS dentistry services.
However, with the dissolution of Parliament it and all other select committees dissolved and all inquiries ended.
The Health and Social Care Committee membership for the 2019 Parliament has been now been agreed and they will have to decide whether or not to restart the inquiry into NHS dentistry.
Jeremy Hunt Conservative MP for South West Surrey (since 2005), somewhat controversially, chairs the Committee.
He is a former Secretary of State for Health and thus could be said to be ‘marking his own homework’.
Other members are:
The Committee consists of a chairman and 10 members (five Conservative, four Labour and one Scottish National), although committees seek to come to a consensus decision.
Only Jeremy Hunt, Rosie Cooper and Dr James Davies have been MPs previously. The remaining eight having been elected for the first time in last December’s general election.
They may not feel bound by the decision of their predecessors to hold an inquiry into NHS dentistry or, if they do, have the same terms of reference.
Following the Prime Minister’s recent reshuffle, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock remains Secretary of State. Junior minister Jo Churchill MP retains the ‘dentistry’ portfolio.
Baroness Blackwood stood down as health minister in the House of Lords and has not yet been replaced. A government whip will undertake her duties in that House.
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