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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 7 July 2021

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The Health and Care Bill – The House of Commons
Department of Health and Social Care, 6 July 2021

The Health and Care Bill develops plans for legislative reform set out by NHS England in its Long Term Plan (2019). The Bill aims to strengthen the NHS, benefitting both staff and patients by drawing on insights from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bill contains 6 parts with 16 Schedules and makes changes to several existing Acts, including the National Health Service Act 2006 and the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The Bill will impose statutory Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and statutory Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) in all parts of England. These will be responsible for bringing together local NHS and local government, such as social care, mental health services and public health advice, to deliver joined up care for the local population in the area they cover.

The Bill incorporates the establishment of a new procurement regime informed by public consultation that reduces bureaucracy and the need for competitive tendering where is it invaluable. This will allow patients and communities to receive more effective and efficient NHS services.

The Secretary of State has new powers to manage ICBs and NHS England, including checking that they are carrying out their functions and directing them as to whether they are permitted to exercise a certain power they hold.

The Secretary of State is prohibited from providing directions to the NHS for appointments of individuals or on the use of drugs or treatments that have not be approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The Bill aims to provide more flexibility and accountability, through focusing on the needs of patients and removing unnecessary bureaucracy.

The Health and Care Bill was officially introduced in the House of Commons on 6th July 2021 and is due to have its second reading in parliament next week.

 

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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 7 July 2021

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