MP re-elected to powerful Commons health watchdog
WEST Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has been re-elected to the House of Commons Health Select Committee.
Parliamentary select committees are among the most powerful and influential bodies in Westminster, tasked with holding the Government, Cabinet and other agencies to account for their actions.
The Health Select Committee can choose to scrutinise plans and actions by the Department of Health, and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as well as NHS bodies, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other related organisations.
The Conservatives’ Dr Sarah Wollaston chairs the 11-member committee which has already launched two separate inquiries into the current and future scale of the shortfall of nursing staff, and the proposed post-Brexit arrangements to guarantee supply of medicines, devices, and products.
Rosie Cooper said: “It is a privilege and an honour to yet again be elected to the Commons Health Select Committee by my colleagues and I thank them for their continued support.
“Much of my political career has centred around health issues, from increasing access to improving care and exposing malpractice. Our National Health Service is something I care deeply about.
“Having been elected to this committee before, I know full well the importance of the work it does in ensuring we are holding the Health Secretary, and other NHS bodies to account for decisions made about our NHS.
“Already we are getting on with the real work of addressing the issues around the nursing staff shortfall and ensuring we are as fully prepared as we can be as we move towards Brexit ensuring our access to and the supply of vital medicines.”
Labour MP Ms Cooper has been involved in health issues and the health service for the past 30 years. including as a member and vice-chair of Liverpool Health Authority and chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, successfully delivering Foundation Trust status for the hospital in 2005.
In 2007 she was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to then Health Minister Ben Bradshaw. She was also a trustee of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, introducing the entertainer to the Moores family which led to the only dedicated Lung Cancer Research Centre in the world associated with the University of Liverpool.
Ms Cooper is also a former director of the Merseyside Centre for Deaf People and most recently she has campaigned against the threat to A&E at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust and against privatisation of the NHS, particularly West Lancashire NHS CCG’s decision to remove services from the local hospital and award the contracts to Virgin Healthcare.