UK health service reforms
Tomorrow’s doctors face a radically different NHS
- By: Adrian O’Dowd
The government is planning far reaching reforms for the health service in England designed to shift control from the centre to local level and give doctors control of most of the NHS budget.
The planned reforms were first unveiled in July of last year and are encapsulated in the Health and Social Care Bill currently progressing through parliament.
The Bill passed its first reading in the House of Commons on 31 January and is currently being scrutinised (until 31 March) by 26 MPs on a Bill Committee before going back to the Commons for debate and amendments. It could become law by July at the earliest.
If passed, the Bill will mean:
For medical students, these changes will have a substantial impact on the environment in which they work.
An issue that has prompted criticism from unions, representative bodies, and experts is the ability of private providers to bid alongside