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Former ministers call for commission to review NHS and social care funding

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i95 (Published 07 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i95
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Three former health ministers have called for a cross party commission to be established to review future funding of the NHS and social care in England.

The proposal by the Liberal Democrat former health minister Norman Lamb has been backed by the former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell and the former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn.

The trio warned that health services could collapse without radical change and investment that required cross party cooperation.

Speaking to parliament on 6 January, Lamb argued that the extra £8bn (€10.9bn; $11.7bn) in NHS funding by 2020 pledged by the government was not enough to tackle huge hospital deficits and …

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