Two candidates have put their names into the ring for the position of chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, following the appointment of Jeremy Hunt MP as Chancellor.
The two candidates are: Steve Brine MP, Member of Parliament for Winchester.
Brine has held posts including private secretary to the health secretary, a Government Whip and public health minister.
In his statement, he echoes the ABCD of problems set out by former health secretary Thérèse Coffey: ambulance care, the Covid backlog and the social care conundrum, which he describes as “continu[ing] to gum up the entire system”.
In a ‘bottom line’ statement, he says: “We need to… press Ministers to get better value for the vast sums we spend on health.”
The second candidate is Newton Abbott MP Anne Marie Morris.
Focussing on the need to integrate health and care, meeting different rural and urban needs, she says: “Our ability to deliver a world-class health and care system needs to be achieved in the context of difficult economic times … and where our health and care services are stretched taut.”
Morris has served on the Health Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee and was chair of Health Overview and Scrutiny at West Sussex County Council.