Andrew backs Commission on NHS

Andrew has added his support to ex health minister Norman Lamb's proposal for a cross-party Commission that would make recommendations for the future of healthcare in England. The issue was debated at length by MPs on Thursday.

Andrew is concerned that, despite recent increases in health funding, the UK spends less on health and social care than comparable countries and has some of the worst outcomes for common diseases. He believes that there needs to be a conversation with the public on how long term funding for healthcare can be secured and with it an improvement in health outcomes.

He said:

'In addition to the central issue of funding, we will, in my view, need to have fewer but bigger acute hospitals that offer all specialties as medicine becomes increasingly specialised in the quest for improved outcomes.

'It follows that there will be a need for better community hospital provision at a local level which will have the added advantage of unblocking acute hospital beds.'