What next with the health bill?

Posted on January 15, 2012 by

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The Lords finished their clause by clause discussion of the Health & Social Care Bill in committee before Christmas, but they haven’t finished discussing the bill. Next up will be report stage – the date’s yet to be confirmed but it’s likely to be in early February.

Research got quite a look in during the committee debates, including exploring:

  • the strength of the research duties on the secretary of state and the bodies making up the NHS including the new Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • clarifying how the costs surrounding research in the NHS will be covered within the new system
  • how the accountability and reporting structure will ensure support for research is planned for and monitored
  • the government’s plans to reorganise education and training and where research will fit in this – i.e. to conduct research, all of those working in the NHS need the skills to be able to get involved.
  • exploring the government’s plans to establish the Health Research Authority (which started work as a special health authority on 1 December) as a non-departmental public body which may be able to take on further functions regulating health research in future.

Peers will now be considering the government’s responses and commitments on these issues and deciding whether they wish to pursue any of them further.

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