Changing priorities

The number of social care reports by the House of Commons health select committee while chaired by David Hinchliffe contrasts with that under Kevin Barron’s leadership. Here is how social care’s prominence has declined since 2002 while that of health has increased.

Chair: David Hinchliffe


  • Delayed discharge*
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence
  • Role of the private sector in the NHS


  • Choice in maternity services
  • Inequalities in access to maternity services
  • Public and patient involvement in the NHS
  • The Victoria Climbié Inquiry*
  • Provision of maternity services
  • Foundation trusts
  • Sexual health
  • The Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK


  • Provision of allergy services
  • GP out-of-hours services
  • Palliative care*
  • Obesity
  • Elder abuse*


  • NHS continuing care*
  • The use of medical technologies within the NHS
  • The influence of the pharmaceuticals industry
  • New developments in sexual health and HIV/Aids policy
  • The prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients

    Chair: Kevin Barron


  • Independent sector treatment centres
  • NHS charges
  • NHS deficits
  • Workforce planning
  • Changes to primary care trusts
  • Smoking in public places


  • The electronic patient record
  • Audiology services
  • Workforce planning
  • Patient and public involvement in the NHS

    2008 – planned inquiries

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • Modernising medical careers
  • Public expenditure 2007
  • Health inequalities
  • Dental services
  • Reports and inquiries which have covered social care since 2001

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