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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on health staff and the health professions. 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

11.11.2016NHS staff in England: Social Indicators page
NHS staff in England: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2642.
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.
26.09.2016Junior doctor contracts in England
This Commons Library briefing provides background information on the introduction of a new contract for doctors in training (junior doctors) in England, including a summary of the proposed changes, and background on negotiations between NHS Employers and the BMA.
12.09.2016NHS Indicators: England, September 2016
A statistical summary for NHS England covering the following areas: Accident & Emergency attendance and performance; ambulance call volume and response times; waiting times for routine treatment; waiting times for cancer diagnosis and treatment; cancelled operations; delayed transfers of care; diagnostic waiting times and activity; waiting times for mental health treatment; workforce numbers for doctors, nurses and other staff; hospital activity, referrals and admissions; and bed availability and occupancy.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
11.08.2016The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and background
This briefing concerns the establishment of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a statutory Inquiry which formally opened in July 2015. This Inquiry replaced the previous, non-statutory, Inquiry set up in July 2014 which saw both of its Chairs resign; on 4 August 2016, Justice Goddard resigned as the Chair of the statutory inquiry and on 11 August it was announced that Professor Alexis Jay would be the new Chair.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Health
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
03.05.2016General Practice in England
House of Commons Library briefing on General Practice 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
04.03.2016The 35,000 salary requirement to settle in the UK
From 6 April 2016, some skilled non-EEA workers with Tier 2 visas will only be eligible to stay in the UK permanently if they are earning at least 35,000. A related e-petition has been uploaded to Parliament's e-petition website calling for the 35k threshold to be scrapped. Parliament will be debating this petition on Monday 7 March 2016.

Lords Library Notes

15.07.2016NHS and Social Care Workforce: Implications of Leaving the European Union
This Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the forthcoming debate on the implications of the European Union referendum result on the NHS and social care workforce, particularly with regard to 'safe' staffing levels. It details statistics on the numbers of citizens from other EU member states currently working in the NHS and social care; examines a range of commentary and reaction to the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union and the potential implications for staffing in the NHS; and briefly examines the debate and recent developments on the issue of 'safe' staffing levels.
27.06.2016Historical Child Sex Abuse Investigations
A number of investigations into historical child sex abuse in the UK have been launched by the police and public institutions in recent years. This follows allegations that claims of child sex abuse made against public figures had not been properly investigated in the past. This briefing focuses on the existing guidance for conducting these investigations and provides background information on recent investigations that have taken place. It has been written in preparation for a debate that is due to take place in the House of Lords on 30 June 2016 on the case for introducing statutory guidelines relating to the investigation of cases of historical child sex abuse.
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.


16.08.2016New Drugs for Dementia
A POSTnote outlining the challenges in developing new drugs to treat dementia, and an overview of UK and international research activities to accelerate progress.
02.08.2016Integrating Health and Social Care
An ageing population and the increasing prevalence of long-term conditions are putting pressure on health and social care services. The four UK nations have committed to better integration between health and social care as one solution to these challenges. This briefing outlines what integration is, examines policies to enable it and gives examples of integration in England. It also looks at the evidence on the challenges of achieving integration and assessing the effectiveness of approaches.
20.06.2016Sugar and Public Health
This POSTnote summarises the health risks associated with eating a diet high in sugar and outlines the policy options that might best enable people to limit their sugar consumption.
27.05.2016Infant Mortality and Stillbirth in the UK
A POSTnote which reviews recent data on stillbirth and infant mortality rates in the UK and examines the factors contributing to increased risk. It then looks at the policy options that may help to improve health outcomes for infants and their families.
08.02.2016Electronic Health Records
A POSTnote which explains the plans to introduce electronic health records for everyone. As well as background on what information such records will contain, the paper discusses the opportunities and challenges implementing them will involve.
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.

Select Committee Reports

11.10.2011Safety first: mobility of healthcare professionals in the EU.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
19.07.2011Annual accountability hearing with the General Medical Council.
Health Select Committee report [Commons]
19.07.2011Annual accountability hearing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Health Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

25.10.2011COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK (No. 2)
That this House notes with concern the issues raised by the British Association of Social Workers in respect of the proper establishment and appropriate use of public funds in relation ...
That this House notes thatcross-party commitment and co-operation is urgently needed to reform the way that adult social care is delivered; acknowledges the desire amongst all parties ...
That this House welcomes the Private Eye, Shoot the Messenger articles, on how NHS whistleblowers can be silenced and sacked; anticipates effective action by the Health Select Committee ...
That this House notes the number of diabetic specialist nurse posts unfilled across the NHS has doubled within a year, leaving 218 vacant posts at a time when the number of people with ...
That this House supports the Royal College of Surgeons' guidance on NHS Locum Surgeons; notes that this guidance outlines the vital role that these surgeons play in the short term; ...


  • 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