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Line by line examination of the Health and Social Care Bill continues in the House of Lords today (Tuesday 15th November).Yesterday, discussion included a proposal that seeks to promote equality between providers in the commissioning of healthcare services for the NHS

Proposals to insert new sections into the Bill to ensure standards of education and training of the NHS healthcare workforce will also be debated.

Day four

Discussion focused on the Secretary of State’s duty for medical research and the provision of education and training for NHS employees on Wednesday 9 November.

About the Bill

The Health and Social Care Bill, which aims to modernise the NHS:

 

  • changes how NHS care is commissioned through the greater involvement of clinicians and a new NHS Commissioning Board
  • introduces new mechanisms to improve accountability
  • empowers patients to increase their voice and involvement in their care
  • gives NHS providers new freedoms to improve quality of care
  • establishes a provider regulator to promote efficiency.


In addition, the Bill will underpin the creation of Public Health England, a new integrated national public health organisation, which will support the provision of local services and take forward measures to reform health public bodies.

Members of the Lords considered a range of proposals for change to the Bill on Monday 7 November including:

  • a transparency duty on the Secretary of State to ensure patients and carers are given full information about treatment
  • amending the duty to reduce inequalities of health outcomes between people across England, and
  • removing the duty to promote autonomy of health services providers.


Source: Parliament UK



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Written by Scott Buckler   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 09:52
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 09:57
 

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0 #0 Chair, Environmental Audit CommitteeJoan Walley MP, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee
The Labour Party
Labour is launching a major national drive to unite the country in a call on the Government to drop its unwanted Health and Social Care Bill.

The ‘Drop the Bill’ campaign, at www.dropthebill.com, aims to show the full scale of opposition to the Government’s plans. It will unite patients, NHS professionals and the public in a final rallying cry.
Labour’s Shadow Health team will be visiting every English region over the coming months, work-shadowing healthcare professionals and mobilising support for the campaign across the country.

In Stoke-on-Trent we have already seen waiting-times increase since David Cameron came to power. Yet his plans encourage local hospitals to treat more private patients while NHS patients are left waiting longer. They create a postcode lottery in the NHS, where patients are refused treatments in one area that their friends can get in another. It amounts to a £2-3 billion waste of money, which would be better spent on medicines, equipment and staff.

The people of Stoke-on-Trent did not vote for it and our doctors, nurses and patients have already expressed huge concerns at the plans. Yet Cameron is ploughing on with his Health Bill, ignoring public and professional opinion. Before the election David Cameron ruled out top-down NHS re-organisations. But only weeks after entering Number 10, Cameron ripped up his own words and ordered the biggest and most dangerous upheaval of the NHS since it began.

In these tough times, the NHS is facing the biggest financial challenge in its history. But instead of focusing all of its energy on dealing with this challenge, the NHS is being distracted by a dangerous upheaval that has no democratic legitimacy.

The ’Drop the Bill’ campaign is the final push and the Government must listen before it's too late. They must put the NHS first.
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