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Major health committee report falls victim to MPs’ disagreement

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1440 (Published 13 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1440
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs on the influential House of Commons Health Committee have taken the highly unusual step of not publishing a report from a major inquiry carried out late last year because they cannot agree on its conclusions, The BMJ has learnt.

The committee held its inquiry into public expenditure on health and social care from September to December last year. It involved submitted written evidence and five oral evidence sessions at which 19 witnesses from various organisations appeared to give information and opinions. However, the committee could not agree on a draft version of the report and have voted not to publish it before the general election in May.

An open letter has now been sent by the NHS Confederation, the body that represents most NHS organisations, and the …

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