Health groups back Norman Lamb's NHS and Care Commission

Norman Lamb’s call for an independent cross-party commission to examine the future of the NHS and social care system has received overwhelming support from charities and professional organisations across the healthcare sector.

The scale of the financial challenge facing the NHS and social care services is now so severe that all parties must work together to design a new long-term settlement for the system. This is why Norman Lamb, the MP for North Norfolk and Liberal Democrat spokesman for Health, presented a Ten Minute Rule Bill in Parliament last week to establish a commission which would engage with the public, NHS and care workforce, experts and civic society. The commission, which would be time-limited and non-party political, would look at important questions such as how health and care services should be organised and funded.

An array of charities and professional organisations in the health sector have now spoken out in support of Norman’s campaign - including Care England, NHS Confederation, The Royal College of Surgeons, 2020 Health and NHS Survival. The chief executives of 40 organisations including Macmillan, British Red Cross, Mencap, Alzheimer's Society, Marie Curie, Independent Age and the MS Society have also written an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing their support. 

Norman is continuing to encourage support for a new Beveridge Commission by writing to all the Royal Colleges and the British Medical Association. If you would like to help Norman Lamb’s campaign you can add your support by signing the petition here.

Full list of organisations supporting the campaign:

  • 2020 Health
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Anchor
  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Association for Real Change (England) 
  • British Red Cross
  • Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Care & Repair England
  • Care and Support, Home Group
  • Care England
  • Care for Older People
  • Carers Trust
  • Carers UK
  • Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • The Disabilities Trust
  • Guideposts
  • Independent Age
  • International Longevity Centre - UK 
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Marie Curie
  • Mencap
  • Mental Health Foundation 
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK 
  • My Home Life programme
  • National AIDS Trust
  • National Care Forum
  • National Council for Palliative Care
  • National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
  • NHS Confederation
  • NHS Survival
  • Real Life Options 
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • SeeAbility
  • Sense
  • Shared Lives Plus
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Stroke Association
  • Sue Ryder 
  • UK Homecare Association
  • United Response
  • VoiceAbility
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