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Health and Care Bill

The Health and Care Bill is changing some of the structures around the NHS, CQC responsibilities, and new provisions of social care. The Bill builds on the proposals for legislative change set out by NHS England in its Long Term Plan, while also incorporating valuable lessons learnt from the pandemic that will benefit both staff and patients. 

The Bill will ensure each part of England has an Integrated Care Board and an Integrated Care Partnership responsible for bringing together local NHS and local government, such as social care, mental health services and public health advice, to deliver joined up care for its local population. Clinicians, carers and public health experts will be empowered to operate collaboratively across health and care, as part of plans to tackle inequalities and level up health across the country. 

Carers UK is campaigning to both safeguard and improve carers’ rights within the NHS as part of the Health and Care Bill.

You can read about Carers UK campaign here

We fully support Carers UK 

Carers UK has encouraged Government to ensure that carers were involved and consulted. The Bill includes some important new provisions to consult carers, including a duty on NHS England to ensure that carers are consulted and involved in their commissioning, and a duty on the newly proposed Integrated Care Boards to consult and involve carers in public consultations and to consult carers, where appropriate, in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients. The inclusion of carers is welcome.

However, the Health and Care Bill, unfortunately removes the important rights of carers at the point of hospital discharge which Carers UK regards as a negative step.

In the Bill we are calling for Government to: