News Release issued by
the COI News Distribution Service on 06 September 2011
summer recess, the Government will today take further steps in its
plans to put patients at the heart of the health service and make
the NHS world class.
The Health and Social Care Bill will return to Parliament today
to discuss the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS and to
safeguard it for the future.
The Bill’s core principle of modernising the NHS is to create a
stronger health system:
where the Secretary of State will continue, as now, to promote
and be accountable for a comprehensive health service; driven by
health professionals, not Whitehall and bureaucracy;where patients
and the public are in the driving seat of their care, supported
with more choice, information and control;with greater integration
of services;with a new ‘Duty of Candour’, a contractual
requirement on providers to be open and transparent in admitting
mistakes, and;that’s focused on prevention and tackling the causes
of poor health and health inequalities.
In addition, the Government has previously outlined safeguards
that protect against price competition, privatisation and private
companies ‘cherry-picking’ profitable NHS business.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
“The Health and Social Care Bill will both safeguard the future
of our NHS, and move us closer to a health service that puts
patients at the heart of everything it does.
“It ensures that future generations can rely, as previous ones
have – on an NHS that is always there, always improving and always
free at the point of use.
“The principles of our modernisation plans – patient power,
clinical leadership, a focus on results, stated in the Coalition
Agreement and again in last year’s White Paper – have always been
at the core of the Bill. Principles which are widely accepted as
reported by the independent NHS Future Forum. They called for us
now to get on; and today we are getting on with modernising the NHS.”
Earlier this year the Government strengthened its plans to
modernise the NHS following the recommendations of the independent
NHS Future Forum. The Forum’s report concluded that there was
considerable support for the principles of reform and that the NHS
must change to meet future challenges.
The Bill has so far spent longer being scrutinised than any
Public Bill between 1997 and 2010 — 40 Committee sittings, and
over 100 hours of debate. It will now continue the legislative process.
Notes to Editors
Notes to Editors:
Further information on the amendments can be found at:
government’s full response to the independent NHS Future Forum
report can be at:
further information, please contact the Department of Health press
office on 020 7210 5221.
Department of Health
Phone: 020 7210 5221