Derek Thomas is elected to the influential Westminster Health Select Committee

Cross-party committee has real sway in defining Government policy

Fresh from pressing the case for fairer funding for Cornwall’s Health services at PMQs yesterday, West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has been elected on to the influential and powerful Health Select Committee in Westminster.

Derek Thomas at yesterday’s PMQ



The cross-party committee, which comprises 11 MPs under the chairmanship of Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, examines the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department of Health and its associated bodies.

Although rarely used, the Committee has the power to insist upon the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers and other material.

“I am absolutely delighted to be elected to this committee,” said Mr Thomas.

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Yesterday the West Cornwall MP got a chance to ask a question at PMQs

“Figures show that the NHS funding , sorry the growth in NHS funding in the ‘south west’ is 2.2% less than the national average.

Does the PM agree that providers in the South West including NHS Kernow deserve their fair share of NHS funding and will she act to address this inequality?”

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“As I’ve consistently said since first being elected in 2015, I am determined to do what I can to ensure that the NHS works for one and all and that we properly integrate health and social care.

“In the NHS’s 70th year this cross-party committee has real sway in defining Government policy and working on it will give me a much greater opportunity to find ways of bringing care closer to home and ensuring it has the money it needs.”



1 Comment

  1. Let’s hope Mr Thomas does a better job of asking questions on the committee than he did at PMQs:
    He specifically asked if the PM agreed that Cornwall should get extra funding based on the age of the population and the rural nature of the area. And of course she said “the funding formula already gives Cornwall extra for demographics and rurality”
    What he SHOULD have asked is “Why does the funding formula include a market forces factor which gives Cornwall less money because local private sector wages are low, when NHS staff are paid on national payscales?”
    Was he deliberately asking an easy question, or does he really not understand the formula by which his Government under-funds the NHS in Cornwall?

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