Proposed reform to health legislation will speed up integration

NHS England and Improvement have published their recommendations to Government and Parliament for an NHS Bill. The proposals are intended to speed up the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan by facilitating more collaborative and integrated working between different clinical commissioners, provider organisations and other partners.

The proposals were developed following an extensive engagement exercise involving many different organisations, including NHS Clinical Commissioners on behalf of our members.

Photo of Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical CommissionersResponding to the proposals for legislative reform published today by NHS England and Improvement, Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners said:

“We are pleased to lend our support to the recommendations being put forward by NHS England/Improvement for an NHS Bill. Our members have been clear for some time that certain changes to legislation are needed to really accelerate integrated working between clinical commissioners and their partners.

“This legislation will speed up the integration of care and remove the inefficient parts of the system that distract from delivery of the best possible care. The breadth of support for the proposals from across the health sector, including those organisations that represent clinical commissioners, providers, local authorities, but also regulators, think tanks and unions, demonstrates the commitment to the principles of collaboration and integration from all. It also reflects a genuine effort to co-produce the proposals with those who represent the huge number of staff who work on the frontline and feel at first hand the current barriers.

“We look forward to working with the Department for Health and Social Care as they develop the Bill to ensure that new legislation continues to meet the needs of our members and the populations they serve.”

26 September 2019