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March 22, 2012
The Health and Social Care Bill will now be sent to the Queen for Royal Assent and is expected to become law by next week.

Following over 12 months of debate, the proposed NHS Bill, which is set to give GPs significant control over the organisation's £106bn budget, was approved in Parliament this week.

Despite last minute attempts by Labour to delay the act by winning a 90-minute emergency debate, on Tuesday night MPs approved changes to the Health and Social Care Bill, which will signal the biggest restructuring in the history of the health service.

March 7, 2012
The government has introduced further amendments to its Health and Social Care Bill to calm rebelling Lib Dem MPs

 

The government has introduced further amendments to its Health and Social Care Bill to calm rebelling Lib Dem MPs.

October 28, 2011
Motion to scrap the Health Bill rejected by 307 votes to 228, a margin of 79 votes

A fresh motion to scrap the Health and Social Care Bill has been rejected in the House of Commons yesterday (26 October) by a margin of 79 votes.

Opening the debate on the government's record on the NHS, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham claimed the bill is "unraveling before the Health Secretary's eyes" and has left the NHS in a state of "chaos".

October 25, 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has ‘softened’ his stance on practice boundaries with extensions only being made in “exceptional circumstances”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has 'softened' his stance on practice boundaries with extensions only being made in "exceptional circumstances".

Speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners' (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool, Lansley told delegates he is not looking to abolish practice boundaries, rather he is intending to "extend patient choice".

"We need to think carefully about how to manage home visiting, about how patients who don't live locally to their practice can receive urgent care, and about how information is shared," he said.

October 25, 2011
Local Medical Committees (LMCs) will have a key role to play within the reformed NHS, the Department of Health has confirmed

Local medical committees (LMCs) will have a key role to play within the reformed NHS, the Department of Health has confirmed.

In a letter to the BMA's GPs' Committee (GPC), Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has allayed fears clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were being permitted to 'sideline' LMCs.

October 13, 2011
The House of Lords will vote today (12 October) on plans to delay proposed health reforms that could “prove fatal" to the future of the Bill

The House of Lords will vote today (12 October) on plans to delay proposed health reforms that could "prove fatal" to the future of the Bill.

Crossbench peers Lord Owen and Lord Hennessy have moved for parts of the Bill to be placed in a Select Committee to allow for further scrutiny.

September 23, 2011
The British Medical Association (BMA) has pledged to up its anti-Health and Social Care Bill lobbying activity ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords

The British Medical Association (BMA) has pledged to up its anti-Health and Social Care Bill lobbying activity ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords.

A programme of lobbying, local events and further campaigning activity has been agreed to highlight doctors' major concerns about the Bill.

September 13, 2011
One in three healthcare business professionals predict there will be ‘much less’ reliance on the public sector during the next decade, research suggests

One in threehealthcare business professionals predict there will be ‘much less’ reliance onthe public sector thanks to the government’s health reform, research suggests.

Under thegovernment’s Health and Social Care Bill, the healthcare space will be openedup to private operators. As a result, 59% surveyed by Barclays Corporatebelieve there will be ‘less reliance’ on the public sector in the next decade.

Of these, 31%predict there will be ‘much less’ reliance on the public sector.

September 7, 2011
Lords may use a select committee to help cope with the length and complexity of the Health Bill, claim Labour

The House of Lords may take the "unusual" route of creating a Select Committee to help it cope with the length and complexity of the Health and Social Care Bill, said a Labour spokesperson.

The Bill returns to the House of Commons today (6 September) for the report stage and third reading, after which it will move to the House of Lords.