Norman Lamb, the MP for North Norfolk, today held a "positive and constructive" discussion with the Prime Minister on funding for the NHS and Social Care.
In a meeting with a cross-party delegation of MPs, co-ordinated by Norman Lamb, Theresa May agreed to initiate a dialogue with her newly-appointed Health Adviser on a possible cross-party process to determine how much funding these vital services will require in the future and how this should be paid for.
The meeting was also attended by Conservative MPs Sarah Wollaston, Dan Poulter and Hugo Swire, along with Meg Hillier and Frank Field from the Labour Party. They were representing a wider group of MPs who recently called on the government to establish an NHS and Care Convention, which would engage with the public and the healthcare workforce with a view to delivering a sustainable long-term settlement for the health and social care system.
Commenting after the meeting, Norman Lamb MP said:
“I very much welcomed today’s positive and constructive discussion with the Prime Minister.
“Mrs May seemed willing to engage in a serious dialogue about how best to secure the future of our NHS and social care services.
“The future of the NHS and Social Care is more important than party politics, which has completely failed to come up with real solutions. The public are crying out for politicians to stop shouting at each other, and instead work together to make difficult decisions to ensure that patients get the right care and treatment when they need it.
“There is a real urgency to this situation, and now is the time to act. Today’s meeting was an encouraging first step, and I look forward to meeting with her advisers as soon as possible.”