19 October 2011
New amendments have been tabled in the House of Lords to the Health and Social Care Bill for consideration in Committee.
Clause 2 of the bill relates to the Secretary of State for Health’s duty to improvement in quality of services.
Lord Warner, Lord Patel and Baroness Murphy added the following amendments to Clause 2 of the bill:
“(5) In discharging the duty under sections 1 to 3, the Secretary of State shall, after appropriate consultation, make regulations governing the eligibility and assessment of individuals for adult social services on a consistent basis throughout England, including—
(a) portability of assessments between areas,
(b) the charging arrangements for services provided,
(c) the assessment of carers’ needs, and
(d) the integration of such assessments with those for continuing care under the NHS.
(6) Regulations made under subsection (6) shall be—
(a) made by statutory instrument subject to an affirmative resolutve resolution in both Houses of Parliament;
(b) be laid within 3 years of this Act being given Royal Assent; and
(c) kept under review.
(7) In this section “integration” means integration of the assessment and delivery of health and social care and services to individuals that benefit their treatment and care.”
The next stage of the Health and Social Care Bill will be the Committee Stage which begins on 25 October.
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