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Liberating the NHS: Legislative framework and next steps

  • Last modified date:
    28 February 2011
  • Gateway reference:
    15454,15661

Liberating the NHS: Legislative framework and next steps sets out the Government's response to the consultation on the implementation of the White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, and its accompanying consultation documents, Increasing democratic legitimacy in health;  Commissioning for patients; and Regulating healthcare providers.

It describes how the Government has developed its plans in the light of consultation and gives further detail on the NHS reforms and a timetable for implementation. The document also explains how the consultation has shaped the Health and Social Care Bill, planned for introduction in January, reaffirming the Government’s commitment to reforming the NHS so that it:

  • puts patients right at the heart of decisions made about their care
  • is focused on delivering health outcomes that are comparable with, or even better than, those of our international neighbours
  • puts clinicians in the driving seat on decisions about services.

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