After substantial revision, the Health and Social Care Bill is returning to the House of Commons. This briefing examines the Lords amendments as MPs prepare to discuss the primary legislation.
New analysis of the amended Health Bill draws attention to some key issues that escaped detailed scrutiny when time ran out during the report and third reading stages in the House of Commons.
The Health Services Management Centre (University of Birmingham) and the Nuffield Trust publish the findings of an extensive review into how PCTs made decisions about funding priorities.
This briefing sets out our analysis of the redrafted legislation for the Health and Social Care Bill.
Nuffield Trust Chief Executive Dr Jennifer Dixon responds to the report published by the NHS Future Forum, concluding that political focus needs to shift urgently to the difficult decisions facing the NHS.
This briefing provides our response to the Government’s NHS ‘listening exercise’, in which Ministers will consider options for reform before the Health and Social Care Bill returns to Parliament.
Disagreements surrounding the Health and Social Care Bill must be settled quickly so that clinicians, managers and political leaders can focus on the challenge of meeting NHS efficiency savings.
Our briefing focuses on the major pillars of reform enshrined in Bill, plus highlights key aspects of the legislation that we believe merit greater scrutiny.
The Government’s planned reforms are broadly in the right direction but they will have to be judged on the extent to which they deliver sustained improvements to patient care.