Health Bill to be delayed three months, NHS chief executive admits

Sections of the Health Bill will be delayed by three months as a result of the government's listening exercise, the NHS's chief executive has admitted.

Sir David Nicholson: the listening exercise must not divert attention from the ‘core purpose and responsibilities’ of the year ahead
Sir David Nicholson: the listening exercise must not divert attention from the ‘core purpose and responsibilities’ of the year ahead

In a letter to NHS managers and consortia pathfinder leads, Sir David Nicholson said the scrapping of SHAs, which was expected to take place in April 2012, will not happen before July 2012.

But the deadline for GP consortia taking control of commissioning remains as April 2013, he said.

Sir David said handing the NHS Commissioning Board its full statutory powers and starting the first phase of giving economic regulator Monitor its new powers will be delayed as a result of the listening exercise.

The timeframe for implementing HealthWatch England and handing the NHS Trust Development Authority, Health Education England and Public Health England will also be affected.

Sir David said all of these changes, which were due to take place in April 2012, will now take place ‘no earlier than July 2012’.

He said reponses to the listening exercise could lead to changes of some parts of the Health Bill. But he said the exercise must not divert attention from the ‘core purpose and responsibilities’ of the year ahead.

‘I know that to some the message to press on with the implementation while significantly increasing our levels of engagements on our plans may seem paradoxical,' he said. 'I don’t believe that it is.'

He added: ‘Maintaining momentum for transition and driving deeper engagement are important goals, but focussing on delivery in order to improve quality for our patients and value for taxpayers must always be our over-riding priority.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Subject access requests to GP practices increased by a third under GDPR

Subject access requests to GP practices increased by a third under GDPR

The number of subject access requests (SARs) GP practices receive each month has...

RCGP criticises GP at Hand video showing antibiotics prescribed for sore throat

RCGP criticises GP at Hand video showing antibiotics prescribed for sore throat

A promotional video for Babylon GP at Hand that shows a patient with a sore throat...

Review into overprescribing aims to give GPs power to challenge hospital scrips

Review into overprescribing aims to give GPs power to challenge hospital scrips

A government review of overprescribing in the NHS could see GPs given more power...

Submit your session ideas for the RCGP Annual Conference 2019

Submit your session ideas for the RCGP Annual Conference 2019

GPs can now submit ideas for sessions at the RCGP Annual Conference in Liverpool,...

Scottish GP workforce increases for first time in 10 years, figures show

Scottish GP workforce increases for first time in 10 years, figures show

GP numbers in Scotland have risen slightly for the first time in 10 years despite...

More than 16m GP practice appointments a year lost to DNAs

More than 16m GP practice appointments a year lost to DNAs

More than 16m appointments at GP practices are lost every year because patients fail...