Health finance

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

15.01.2016NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc.) Bill
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc.) Bill (Bill 11 2015-16).The Bill aims to reduce the Department of Health's involvement in NHS charities (charities linked to NHS bodies). Specifically it makes provision for the removal of the Secretary of State's long-standing powers to appoint trustees. The Bill also contains provisions to ensure that a new independent Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity can receive royalties in relation to performances or publications of the play Peter Pan (JM Barrie gave the hospital rights to the royalties in 1929).
02.12.2015Delayed transfers of care in the NHS
Policy and statistical trends on delayed transfers of care - patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are unable to do so - in the NHS.
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
26.10.2015Background to Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill
This Commons Library briefing provides information on the main provisions of the Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill 2015/16.
01.09.2015Dementia: Statistics on prevalence and improving diagnosis, care and research
This note outlines Government, NHS and other statutory bodies' work to improve dementia diagnosis, care and support and research. It also includes statistics, tables and maps on age-adjusted dementia prevalence across the UK, including for each English Parliamentary constituency.
06.08.2015Health expenditure: Social Indicators page
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.
06.07.2015Health and care professional regulator fees
This briefing provides an overview of changes to the health and care professional regulator fees.
02.07.2015The prescription charge and other NHS charges
This briefing outlines the provisions for prescription, dental and other NHS charges under NHS legislation.
24.06.2015Local audit in England
This paper explains the new procedures for audit of local authorities and related bodies brought in by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
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.

Lords Library Notes

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