Queen's Speech: Health Bill

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Notes on: "The voice of patients and the role of doctors will be strengthened in the National Health Service."

The purpose of the bill

  • to implement the government’s proposals for a sustainable national framework for the NHS
  • to support a patient led NHS focused on outcomes
  • to deliver on the commitment to reduce bureaucracy

The main benefits of the bill

  • to create an NHS led by clinical decision-makers that is more responsive to patients and fosters continuous quality improvements
  • to help shape a healthcare system which drives up standards of care, eliminates waste and achieves outcomes that are amongst the best in the world
  • to focus more on patients, ensuring they genuinely share in making decisions about their care and have more choice and control

The main elements of the bill

  • to establish an independent NHS Board to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidance, and to allow GPs to commission services on behalf of their patients
  • to improve efficiency and outcomes by strengthening the role of the Care Quality Commission and developing Monitor into an economic regulator to oversee aspects of access and competition in the NHS
  • To take forward proposals to significantly cut the number of health quangos, helping cut the cost of NHS administration by a third


Existing legislation in this area

  • wide range of legislation would be affected, including the National Health Service Act 2006
  • further details will follow in due course


The majority of issues addressed in this bill are devolved matters and generally apply to England only.