The Health and Social Care Act legislates for the reform of health and social care services in England. Passed in 2012, the Act introduces major changes to the way health and social care services are funded, commissioned and administered.
This article gives a brief guide to the new structure of services. It also explains the organisations that will regulate and monitor healthcare services, and details the main changes that patients will encounter.
The new structure of health and social care in England
The new structure of the health and social care services in England will be in place from April 2013. This will include new funding and commissioning bodies and new responsibilities for local authorities. Some of the main changes to key governmental agencies are outlined below:
The core values of public health services in England will change to include:
- The Secretary of State no longer has a duty to provide health services through the NHS,