Health staff and professions

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

03.05.2016General Practice in England
House of Commons Library briefing on General Practice in England.
01.04.2016Junior 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. The briefing also provides some brief information on the delivery of seven day services and proposed changes to the consultant contract.
31.03.2016Overview and statistics of UK dementia policy and services
This Commons Library note 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.
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.
02.03.2016NHS Wales Statistics
How does the NHS perform in Wales? Key statistics and trends on hospital attendance and waiting lists, accident and emergency waiting times, ambulance quality, waiting times for diagnostic tests, cancer waiting times, staff numbers, delayed transfers of care, bed occupancy and expenditure.
18.02.2016NHS Indicators: England, Feb 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.
12.02.2016EU referendum: impact of an EU exit in key UK policy areas
This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change if the UK left the EU: would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
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.
16.10.2015Policies affecting migrant NHS workers
House of Commons briefing paper on recent policy changes that may affect migrant workers in the NHS.

Lords Library Notes

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.


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.
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.
14.02.2014Telehealth and telecare
This note describes current UK telehealth and telecare initiatives and the role they may play in delivering future care.
18.09.2013Cosmetic Procedures

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