Last week I was amongst a list of nearly 100 MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister calling on her to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care. The Commission, in effect a special select committee of both Houses of Parliament, could take an independent, cross Party approach to an issue of national importance and help to break the political deadlock that has prevented a realistic approach to increasing resources for health and social care.
Modelled on the Banking Commission that was set up in the wake of the Libor scandal, a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care could draw on cross Party and outside expertise, engage with the public, and report back more swiftly than a Royal Commission. 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 well-being and reduce future costs.
It's time the Prime Minister and the government acted with urgency to address this problem that is having such a detrimental effect on the lives of people in Stoke-on-Trent and throughout the country.