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Health and Social Care Bill granted Royal Assent, but leaked documents highlight risk of reforms

Published on 29/03/2012

The government’s Health and Social Care Bill has gained Royal Assent to become the Health and Social Care Act (2012). But a draft register from 2010 has been leaked today that shows the significant damage that the reforms could bring to the NHS.

On Tuesday 27th March, the Queen granted Royal Assent to the controversial NHS reforms after 14 months in Parliament. The announcement that the assent had been given was greeted by cries of “shame” from opposition Labour MPs.

The Health and Social Care Bill was tabled in Parliament in January 2011, and has been subjected to more than 1,000 amendments through the House of Lords after struggling to win the support of the public and medical professionals.

The Health and Social Care Bill seeks to abolish the 151 Primary Healthcare Trusts (PCTs) and replace them with more than 250 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). CCGs are groups of GPs that will receive funds from the National Board and make their own funding decisions.

Today, a draft risk register has been leaked that showed ministers were warned 18 months ago of the risk that the reforms could bring. The document was produced on September 28 2010, and identified 4 separate areas of potential risk, including loss of financial control, reduced productivity and emergencies being less well managed.

Whilst the Bill has changed fundamentally since that date, Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said today's document showed that ministers were warned before they launched the Bill that it was "likely to cause major damage to the NHS".

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