The Health Select Committee has confirmed that its report into health and care spending - originally due this week - will not be published ahead of the general election.
According to The Spectator, Labour MPs have blocked release of the report into the NHS “because the conclusions backed up government reforms”, securing a redraft by voicing a stream of objections on content, the way it was worded, and punctuation and spelling issues.
The publication’s Isabel Hardman says she has seen a copy of the Committee’s inquiry, which concludes that there has, despite fears to the contrary, been little increase in NHS private providers since 2010.
Also, it reportedly notes that there have been no extensions to NHS charges or top-ups in recent years no are any planned, and highlights declining administration costs as a result of less bureaucracy, all positives for the current government.
The NHS Confederation has slammed the report’s delay and is urging the Committee “to fulfil its responsibilities by returning to this matter and publishing their report in good time ahead of the general election”.
In an open letter to Sarah Wollaston MP, chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, the Confederation notes that “spending on health and care services is a hugely important issue” that will “no doubt be a key topic for the British public in the forthcoming election”. Therefore, “it is concerning that, as we head into the election, we now do so without a cross party view from parliament on the future funding of our health and care services”.