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Draft Health White Paper outlines plans for wide-ranging reformDraft Health White Paper outlines plans for wide-ranging reform

Draft text of the Government's new Health White Paper obtained by Health Policy Insight outlines plans for health care reform that could have potentially far-ranging effects, if implemented. The proposals, which do not include plans for wider social care reform due separately this year, include putting Integrated Care Systems on a statutory footing and enabling legislation for adult social care that includes:

  • A new assurance framework that would give the Care Quality Commission a new duty to assess local authorities' delivery of their adult social care duties, alongside powers for the Secretary of State to intervene where there is a risk of failure to meet these duties.
  • Powers for the Secretary of State to collect data from local authorities and providers, including that on self-funders, fee rates, hours of care and their cost per person, plus data on financial flows.
  • Powers for the Secretary of State to make direct payments to providers for specific purposes, for example, emergency payments during the pandemic. These would not replace the normal procedures local authorities use to purchase care.
  • Provisions for improving hospital discharge processes, making the Better Care Fund more flexible, changing the procurement of healthcare services, and powers to reduce the number of regulators of health professionals, among other proposals.

Most of the provisions apply to England, though there are some which apply to devolved nations.

UKHCA was one of the stakeholders involved in discussions with Government on some of the themes developed in the draft White Paper.

Draft text of the Government's new Health White Paper

Health Policy Insight commentary


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