Health and Social Care Act 2008
- Type of Bill:
- Government Bill
- Alan Johnson
Department of Health
- Lord Darzi of Denham
Department of Health
Progress of the Bill
Bill started in the House of Commons
- House of Commons
- House of Lords
- Royal Assent
- Royal Assent 21 July, 2008 | 21.07.2008
Act of Parliament
|Health and Social Care Act 2008 c.14 - pdf version (PDF, 845KB)||24.07.2008|
Summary of the Health and Social Care Act 2008
The Bill seeks to enhance professional regulation and create a new integrated regulator, the Care Quality Commission, for health and adult social care, with focus on providing assurance about the safety and quality of care for patients and service users.
- Assures the safety and quality of care and creates a new regulator, the Care Quality Commission
- Equips the new regulator with tougher powers, backed by fines, to inspect, investigate and intervene where hospitals are failing to meet hygiene standards
- Strengthens clinical governance and reforms the system of professional regulation to ensure it earns and sustains the confidence of patients, professionals and Parliament
- Extends financial support to mothers-to-be from the 29th week of pregnancy
- Ensures all healthcare professional regulatory bodies use the civil, rather than criminal, standard of proof
- Creates an independent adjudicator to undertake independent and objective formal adjudication for the professional regulatory bodies
- Ensures that all healthcare organisations employing or contracting with doctors appoint a 'responsible officer' to work with the GMC to identify and handle cases of poor professional performance by doctors
- Updates the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 with the aim of providing a more effective and proportionate response to infectious disease.
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