Today we have published the revised Impact Assessment for the Health and Social Care Bill. This outlines the benefits of implementing the policies proposed in the NHS White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.
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.”
The revised impact assessments for the Health and Social Care Bill are updated versions of the combined impact assessments published in January 2011. They reflect the changes to the Bill as a result of its passage through the House of Commons, including changes made as a result of the NHS Future Forum recommendations.