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Former GP elected to chair Commons Health Committee

Former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston MP has been elected to chair of the House of Commons Health Committee.

Dr Wollaston, a former GP in Torbay, Devon, and now a local MP for the Conservative Party, is replacing Stephen Dorrell MP, who stepped down earlier this month.

The committee, which held elections for a successor today, revealed the result via its Twitter feed this afternoon, saying: ‘@drwollastonmp has been elected Chair of @CommonsHealth’

Despite being a Tory MP, Dr Wollaston has often been an outspoken commentator on health policy, including warning that the care.data records-sharing scheme was an ‘enormous threat to privacy’ and campaigning in favour of introducing alcohol minimum pricing while the Coalition deferred their decision.

As a member of the health committee, she has also confronted health secretary Jeremy Hunt over GP recruitment and retention and signalled the importance of aiding GP returners. She has also, in an interview with Pulse, warned that the Government risked ‘over-promising’ with its seven-day GP access agenda.

Mr Dorrell, a former Conservative Government health secretary, said he wanted to focus on the pre-election period in a ‘less overtly political position’ when he stepped down as committee chair on 4 June.

The House of Commons Health Committee examines the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department of Health and the chair is elected until the end of Parliament.

Readers' comments (7)

  • She will just about find her feet when the General Election will overtake us all.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Mmmmm
    I think the 'clever' person here is Stephen Dorrell.........

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  • Of great importance would be how she voted on the health and social care bill.

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  • Shouldn't the headline be Conservative MP chair of Common's Health Committee?

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  • Oh I've been moderated, genuinely surprised by that as I really didn't think the comment broke any rules. Is perhaps the moderation because my comment expressed a political opinion on the HSCB and its harm to patients? Would value feedback so I can remain un-moderated. )

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  • Oh I've been moderated, genuinely surprised by that as I really didn't think the comment broke any rules. Is perhaps the moderation because my comment expressed a political opinion on the HSCB and its harm to patients? Would value feedback so I can remain un-moderated. )

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  • I think all the Tory MPs voted for the HSCB, mainly because they had not read it. I was horrified to realise that MPs are too busy to read bills so they rely on whips to tell them how to vote.
    They ignore email campaigns because these are biased.
    The rest may be worse but democracy is flawed

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