Thursday, 16 February 2012

Health and Social Care Bill explained

Health and Social Care Bill explained:

The Health and Social Care Bill is now in its Report Stage in the House of Lords. The Bill is a crucial part of the Government’s vision to modernise the NHS so that it is built around patients, led by health professionals and focused on delivering world-class healthcare outcomes.

The Department has published a series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Bill to explain particular topics contained in the Bill, including its key themes.

The factsheets are:


Overview of the Bill

Case for change

Overview of health and care structures

Scrutiny and improvements

Key policy areas in the Bill

Clinically-led commissioning

Provider regulation to support innovative and efficient services

Greater voice for patients

New focus for public health

Greater accountabilty locally and nationally

Modernising health and care public bodies

Cross-cutting themes of the Bill

Improving quality of care

Tackling inequalities in healthcare

Promoting better integration of health and care services

Choice and competition

The role of the Secretary of State

Reconfiguration of services

Establishing new national bodies

Embedding research as a core function of the health service

Education and training

Further information

Earl Howe’s letter to peers on Government amendments

On 1 Febuary, Earl Howe wrote to all peers to explain the amendments that we were proposing to the Health and Social Bill. These respond to a range of improvements suggested and concerns raised during committee stage in the House of Lords.

See Earl Howe’s letter to all peers

Amendment briefing notes

The Department also recently published briefing notes on Government amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill, setting out more information about our proposed amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill.

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