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.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
08.06.2015Health expenditure: Social Indicators page
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.
04.06.2015EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.
01.06.2015The 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.
28.05.2015Talking Therapies for Mental Health Problems: Statistics
How many people are referred for cognitive behavioural therapy and other talking therapies for mental health problems? How long are waiting times for treatment after referral? This note gives data for the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for local CCGs.
27.05.2015NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors
NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors. By Thomas Powell. CBP-3051.
21.05.2015NHS Indicators: England, May 2015
A summary of statistical indicators for NHS England in the following areas: accident and 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.
20.05.2015Children and young people's mental health - policy, CAMHS services, funding and education
This briefing provides an overview of policies on children and young people's mental health services. It applies to England only.
19.05.2015General Practice in England
This briefing paper provides general background for Members and their staff on NHS primary medical services provided by general practitioners (GPs) in England.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
12.05.2015Autism - overview of policy and services
This briefing provides an overview of policies and services for people with autism.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
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

POSTnotes

DateDescription
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.
14.10.2014Preventing 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.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
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

DateDescription
08.02.2012DRAFT NICE GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF ABIRATERONE
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 ...
25.01.2012SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN EPILEPSY (SUDEP)
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 ...
24.01.2012AGE UK CARE IN CRISIS CAMPAIGN
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 ...
24.01.2012DIABETES CARE
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 ...
16.01.2012PREVENTING BABIES' DEATHS: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE REPORT
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 ...

Glossary

  • 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