Kevin Barron MP, chair, House of Commons health select committee

The MP for Rother Valley has proved an effective chair of the health select committee since his appointment in July 2005. The committee’s reports into NHS deficits, independent sector treatment centres, Modernising Medical Careers, electronic patient records and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have been well regarded for their intellectual rigour. Forthcoming reports into the next stage review, patient safety, health inequalities and dental services will add more insight.