Health services

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on health services. 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.

Standard Notes

04.02.2015General Practice in England
This briefing note provides general background for Members and their staff on NHS primary medical services provided by general practitioners (GPs) in England.
30.01.2015NHS Winter Pressures 2014/15
During the winter months, NHS England publishes daily situation reports on winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts. These cover pressures such as accident and emergency diverts, ambulances queueing, bed days lost to norovirus closures, delayed transfers of care, cancelled operations, and trolley waits. This note summarises figures for 2014/15 (up to 25th January) and compares them with the equivalent periods in 2013/14 and 2012/13. Data for individual hospital trusts or areas is available on the NHS statistical website and can be compiled or analysed by the Library on request.
26.01.2015Children and young people's mental health - policy, CAMHS services, funding and education
This note examines children and young people's mental health services (CAMHS), including access to services, funding and provision in schools.
08.01.2015Accident and Emergency Care in the UK: Statistics
What statistics are available on Accident & Emergency facilities in the UK, and what do they show? This note provides summaries and visualisations of a wide range of NHS A&E trends, including: levels of attendance over time; attendance by age, time and day of the week; various measures of waiting times; reason for attendance; and unplanned re-attendance. It also explores the extent and limitations of the available data sources.
05.01.2015Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill [Bill 17 of 2014-15]
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill, which received its Second Reading on 7 November 2014. It is a Private Members Bill containing measures intended to improve patient safety. It was introduced by Jeremy Lefroy MP, who came fifth in the Private Members' Bill ballot.

Research Papers

14.04.2014Accident and Emergency Performance: England 2013/14
How many people attended accident and emergency departments in 2013/14? What was the pattern of A&E attendance across the year and across the country? How do NHS trusts compare on key performance metrics such as waiting times?
11.12.2013Care Bill [HL]
The Care Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards.
17.10.2013Immigration Bill
The Immigration Bill would significantly reduce migrants' rights of appeal; restrict access to services including private rented accommodation, bank accounts and NHS services by reference to immigration status; establish new arrangements for investigating sham marriages and examining persons departing the UK; and make various other changes related to immigration controls.
30.08.2011Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill: the NHS Future Forum and the Committee Stage Report
On 21 June 2011 the House agreed a motion re-committing certain clauses of the Health and Social Care Bill to the Public Bill Committee that had previously considered the Bill. The Committee met between 28 June and 14 July 2011 and agreed a number of Government amendments, introduced in response to the recommendations the 'NHS Future Forum'. Key changes are intended to clarify the Secretary of State for Health's overall responsibility for the NHS, to ensure good governance for the new groups that will be responsible for commissioning NHS-funded services, to strengthen duties to involve the public and health professionals in decision making, and to amend duties in relation to the role of competition and integration in the health service. The Bill is due to have its Report stage and Third Reading on 6 and 7 September 2011.
06.04.2011Health and Social Care Bill: Committee Stage Report.
The Health and Social Care Bill had its Second Reading in the Commons on 31 January 2011. The Bill was considered in Public Bill Committee in 28 sittings, between 8 February and 31 March 2011. A large number of Government amendments were made, mainly minor and technical changes, although significant alterations were made to clauses 103 and 104 in Part 3 of the Bill, to prevent competition on price. No Opposition amendments were agreed. This Paper summarises the Commons Second Reading debate and Committee stages and supplements the House of Commons Library Research Paper Health and Social Care Bill (RP 11/11), which was produced for the Bill's Second Reading.

Select Committee Reports

14.12.2011Constitution Select Committee (HL) twenty-second report on the Health and Social Care Bill:
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
14.09.2011Constitution Select Committee (HL) eighteenth report on the Health and Social Care Bill.
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
18.07.2011The national programme for NHS IT.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
20.06.2011Commissioning - further issues.
Government response. Department of Health report [Commons]
11.05.2011National Health Service landscape review.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with serious concern that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance for the use of the drug abiraterone, a life ...
That this House notes the tragic loss of life caused by Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), estimated at around 500 deaths in the UK each year; recognises that young people ...
That this House acknowledges that the current system of care and support is in crisis with many of those who need help and support beingbadly let down by a faltering system; and therefore ...
That this House congratulates the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on the two-day blood glucose testing event in Parliament on 24 and 25 January; welcomes the work of IDF and ...
That this House congratulates Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, on the publication of its new report, Preventing Babies' Deaths: what needs to be done; notes that 17 ...

Lords Library Notes

06.02.2014Immigration Bill (HL Bill 84 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Immigration Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 10 February 2014.
04.10.2013Debate on 10 October: Parity of Esteem for Mental and Physical Health
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 10 October on the implications of parity of esteem for mental and physical health, as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
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.
26.11.2012Debate on 29 November: Diabetic Services
This Library Note looks at the government's strategy on diabetes services and care, and at the implementation of the strategy. In particular, it summarises the National Service Framework on Diabetes and reviews of the operation of the Framework, before presenting statistical evidence on the implementation of adult diabetes services in England.
05.10.2011Health and Social Care Bill (HL Bill 92 of 2010-12)
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Health and Social Care Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.
30.01.2009Health Bill [HL] (HL Bill 18 of 2008-09) LLN 2009/002
Health Bill. House of Lords Library Notes 2009/002

POST Papers

14.01.2015Value Based Assessment of Drugs
This briefing outlines recent proposals to change the current UK drug assessment methods.
14.10.2014Preventing Mitochondrial Disease
This note describes new treatments designed to prevent mothers with mitochondrial disease passing their condition on to their children and looks at the issues raised by their potential use in IVF.
08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.
23.07.2014Childhood Allergy
A briefing which describes the prevalence of allergic disorders in children and the factors which contribute to the development of allergies in infancy and early childhood. It also summarises new developments in research and treatment and gives an overview of current health policy on allergy services.
31.03.2014HIV Prevention in the UK
A POSTnote summarising the approach to preventing the HIV epidemic in the UK.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses