Primary care trusts and strategic health authorities are set to be replaced under the Bill, which was presented to Parliament on January 19. It proposes to create an independent NHS Board, promote patient choice, and reduce NHS administration costs.
The Government’s commitment to cutting NHS administration costs by a third will see a reduction in the number of health bodies and an independent NHS Board is to be established to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidance.
GPs’ powers to commission services on behalf of their patients are to be increased, and the role of the Care Quality Commission will be strengthened.
The Bill also proposes that Monitor, the body currently regulating NHS foundation trusts, develops into an economic regulator to oversee accessibility and competition throughout the NHS.