Watch former health minister and Norfolk MP make his case for a cross-party commission to solve health and care crisis

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has spoken out about the countys rate of pupil exclusion, as data re

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has spoken out about the countys rate of pupil exclusion, as data reveals more than 260 students were excluded from Norfolks schools last year.Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Former health minister Norman Lamb has set out his case for a commission to address a funding gap in the NHS.

He warned that social care services were living on borrowed time with Norfolk people already seeing a reduction in care packages.

The ten minute rule bill - a device which allows a backbench MP to make his or her case for a new law in a speech lasting 10 minutes - was given the backing of enough fellow MPs to receive a second reading. It will be back before the House of Commons on March 11.

But the government will only rarely allow a ten minute rule bill to progress before debate. It will join a queue of other private members bills which are usually debated on a Friday.

Mr Lamb has got the backing of former health secretaries Stephen Dorrell and Alan Milburn.


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The Norfolk MP has warned that the money allocated in the spending review last year was not enough, with health spending accounting for a lower proportion of GDP by 2020.

The politicians and former politicians claim that everything should be looked at from taxes to the divide between health and care.

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