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Health and Social Care Act 2012

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Sponsors:
Mr Andrew Lansley
Department of Health
Earl Howe
Department of Health

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Health and Social Care Act 2012 c. 7 29.03.2012

Latest news on the Health and Social Care Act 2012

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 27 March.

The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Health and Social Care Act 2012

The Bill proposes to create an independent NHS Board, promote patient choice, and to reduce NHS administration costs.

Key areas

  • establishes an independent NHS Board to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidance
  • increases GPs’ powers to commission services on behalf of their patients
  • strengthens the role of the Care Quality Commission
  • develops Monitor, the body that currently regulates NHS foundation trusts, into an economic regulator to oversee aspects of access and competition in the NHS
  • cuts the number of health bodies to help meet the Government's commitment to cut NHS administration costs by a third, including abolishing Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities.

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