Following its report last year on Integrated care: organisations, partnerships and systems the Health and Social Care Committee has decided to scrutinise the legislative proposals put forward to support the implementation of the NHS Long-term Plan. Pre-legislative scrutiny of this kind aims to enhance the quality of legislation brought before the House.
The Committee's inquiry will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will focus on the detailed proposals published by NHS England and NHS Improvement on Thursday 28 February, with oral evidence scheduled to take place during April 2019. Full details of the proposals are available online.
Alongside the Committee's inquiry, NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently seeking views on these proposals. They intend to share the responses they receive with the Committee. However, interested parties can also write to the Committee separately with their views on the legislative proposals. The deadline for written submissions to the Committee is Monday 8 April 2019.
Responses should be kept concise (3000 words maximum). Those who wish to inform the Committee's first session in early April should aim to make their submission by Monday 18 March 2018.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Committee, said:
The evidence we heard in our inquiry last year suggested that changes in the law could remove barriers to integrated care, but no one in the NHS wants another top-down reorganisation. That is why it is critical that these reforms are conducted in a transparent, consultative and evolutionary way. NHS England and NHS Improvement's announcement is a welcome step forward. We are pleased to see NHS put forward, and consult on, proposals for legislative change. To play our part, the Health and Social Care Committee will be scrutinising NHS England's proposals over the coming months, with a view to enhancing the quality of legislation that is eventually laid before Parliament. We want to make sure that these reforms move the NHS towards the more collaborative, coordinated and joined up health and care system our society needs.