Health & social care explained

Find our Spotlights on some of the top issues facing the health and social care system in the UK.

We work to ensure our research, analysis and scrutiny inform policy discussions and debates in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond. Find some our latest and most prominent briefings below. 

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Second Reading of the Health and Care Bill 14/07/2021

Briefing

The 2021-22 Health and Care Bill is the biggest legislative overhaul of the NHS presented to the House of Commons for a decade. This briefing presents the key points and issues on which we believe MPs should provide scrutiny.

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Queen’s Speech debate: health and social care 16/01/2020

Briefing

Ahead of today's debate in the House of Commons on health and social care, we sent this briefing to all members of parliament.

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Why a “risk pool” must underpin a social care system 24/07/2019

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Why relying on individual funding options is unlikely to provide a viable basis for the social care system.

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The publication of the Long Term Plan 14/05/2019

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This short briefing takes a look at the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019 and the ambitions and promises its set out. This briefing was originally written for the WHO/EU European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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England’s new general practice contract five-year framework: an investment in primary and community care 14/05/2019

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This short explainer takes a look at the changes to the GP contract made in 2019. The document was originally written for the WHO/EU European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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How to fund social care? 11/04/2019

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15 options for funding social care.

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