The revised Impact Assessment for the Health and Social Care Bill has been published today.
It outlines the benefits of implementing the policies proposed in the NHS White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’.
This Impact Assessment is an update to the versions that were published in January 2011, when the Bill was first introduced into Parliament.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘The revised Impact Assessment shows that the cost of modernising the NHS is only a fraction of the savings which will result.
‘We are cutting waste and are still on track to reduce administrative spend by a third. Every penny saved will be reinvested into patient care, delivering significant long-term benefits to patients.
‘Our plans, which have been strengthened by the listening exercise, will both safeguard the future of our NHS and move us closer to a health service that puts patients at the heart of everything it does.
‘They ensure that future generations can rely on an NHS that is always there, always improving and always free at the point of use, based on need and not ability to pay.’