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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on health finance. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

11.11.2016Health expenditure in England and the UK: Social Indicators page
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.
21.10.2016Commons Library analysis of the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill
This briefing paper will provide an outline of the contents of the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill 2016-17, background on the issues and relevant comment.
14.10.2016Dementia: policy, services and statistics overview
This briefing examines policies in England to improve dementia diagnosis, care, support and research. Health is a devolved matter, and the note also briefly outlines dementia strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also provides statistics on rates of dementia, including data for each English Parliamentary constituency.
23.09.2016NHS Commissioning before April 2013
This briefing paper looks at the development of commissioning arrangements in the NHS in England up to April 2013 and provides background to the Coalition Government's policies for reform.
18.05.2016NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors
NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors. By Thomas Powell. CBP-3051.
22.04.2016Meningitis B vaccination
A petition to call on the Government to extend the programme of Meningitis B vaccination to all children, at least up to the age of 11, has received over 820,000 signatures. The Petitions and Health Committees have held evidence sessions, hearing from affected families, medical professionals and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. A debate on this e-petition has been tabled in Westminster Hall on 25 April 2016.
06.04.2016Mental health policy in England
House of Commons Library briefing on mental health policy in England.
15.03.2016NHS Scotland Statistics
How does the NHS perform in Scotland? Key statistics and trends on A&E waiting times, ambulance performance, waiting times (including for diagnostic tests, cancer and mental health), workforce, bed occupancy, delayed discharges, healthcare associated infections and health expenditure
10.03.2016The structure of the NHS in England
Major reforms to the structure of the health service in England were introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, with a large number of new organisations established on 1 April 2013. This Library briefing provides an overview of the funding and accountability relationships under the new system, and an introduction to the roles of key organisations. This briefing also highlights some of the key health policy issues for the current Parliament, including patient safety, funding, and the integration of health and social care.
02.03.2016NHS Wales Statistics
How does the NHS perform in Wales? Key statistics and trends on hospital attendance and waiting lists, accident and emergency waiting times, ambulance quality, waiting times for diagnostic tests, cancer waiting times, staff numbers, delayed transfers of care, bed occupancy and expenditure.

Lords Library Notes

03.08.2016Health and Social Care Act 2012: Performance and Sustainability of the NHS
This Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the forthcoming debate on the impact of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 on the current performance of the National Health Service and its future sustainability. It provides a summary of the changes brought in by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, presents statistics on NHS performance and provides information on recent developments in regard to the issue of the NHS's finances and its sustainability.
04.12.2015Residential Care Sector
This House of Lords Library Note has been prepared ahead of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 10 December 2015 on the following motion: '[...] that this House takes note of the quality and viability of the residential care sector in the light of the Government's decision to delay the implementation of the care cost cap'.
06.07.2015Sustainability of the National Health Service as a Public Service Free at the Point of Need
This Library Note has been written to support the House of Lords debate on the sustainability of the National Health Service as a public service free at the point of need.
17.05.2013Care Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2013-14)
The Care Bill consolidates and reforms adult social care law in England. It includes provision for a cap on individual social care cost contributions and implements legislative responses to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust failings. This Library Note provides background information ahead of the second reading debate on the Care Bill in the House of Lords on 21 May 2013.


05.06.2015Obesity Treatments
A quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese and therefore at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. NHS advice is to eat fewer calories and take more exercise to lose weight. Increasingly, drug treatments and surgery are being considered as a means to lose weight for extremely obese people who have had difficulty in adhering to lifestyle changes. This briefing discusses the current methods used to manage and treat obesity.
26.03.2015Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
A POSTnote discussing the medical, legal and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.
14.01.2015Value Based Assessment of Drugs
This briefing outlines recent proposals to change the current UK drug assessment methods.
14.02.2014Telehealth and telecare
This note describes current UK telehealth and telecare initiatives and the role they may play in delivering future care.
01.10.2010Drug pricing, October 2010
This POSTnote outlines current drug pricing policy and examines other options to evaluate pricing, including "value-based" pricing.

Early Day Motions

That this House calls for the retention of essential funding for healthcare throughout the UK so that new facilities can be provided and existing services maintained for the needs of ...
That this House is concerned by HM Treasury plans to change the accounting system for NHS charitable money in April; believes the change is unnecessary and of no benefit to the NHS; ...
That this House welcomes the reduction of prescription charges in Scotland to 3 on the way to their total abolition from 2011; recognises that the Scottish Government's action brings ...
That this House is aware that, unlike their counterparts in Wales, asthma sufferers in England still have to pay prescription charges for their medical needs; further notes that such ...
That this House notes that from 1 April 2009 cancer patients will be exempt from prescription charges in England, whereas in Scotland they will be required to pay 4 per prescription; ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses