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Queens Speech December 2019

In the Queen’s Speech today, there were a range of Bills announced as part of the legislative programme for the Government in the next parliamentary session. The following may be of interest:

NHS and social care

NHS Funding Bill: Bring forward early legislation to enshrine in law the multi-year funding settlement for the NHS that will see a £33.9 billion increase in cash terms by 2023-24

Delivering the NHS Long Term Plan: Draft legislation that will accelerate the 10 year NHS Long Term Plan, transforming patient care and future-proofing the NHS

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: Ensure NHS patients have faster access to the best medicines available while supporting the growth of the UK life sciences sector.

Make it simpler for NHS hospitals to manufacture and trail new personalised and short life medicines;

Develop a streamlined, internationally competitive approach to the licensing and regulation of medicines and devices; and
Update safety requirements relating to medical devices, medicines, veterinary medicines, and clinical trials

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill:
Establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body to investigate patient safety concerns.

Social Care Reform

Put social care on a sustainable footing through a three-point plan;
Provide councils with an additional £1 billion for adults and children’s social care in every year of this Parliament, and enable councils to access a further £500 million for adult social care for 2020-21;

Urgently seek a cross-party consensus to bring forward proposals and legislation for long-term social care reform in England; and

Ensure that nobody needing social care will be forced to sell their home to pay for the care.

Mental Health Reform

Reform the Mental Health Act so that those subject to the Act receive better care and have greater choice and autonomy around care and treatment.

Ensure that qualified doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with an NHS job offer are offered fast-track entry, reduced via fees and dedicated support to migrate to the UK

Provide free hospital parking for those in greatest need

Pensions and Welfare

Universal Pensioner Benefits

The Government has committed to keep the triple lock, the winter fuel payment the older person’s bus pass and other pensioner benefits.

Introduce legislation in 2020 to increase the immigration healthcare surcharge

Pension Schemes Bill

Provide a framework for collective defined contribution pensions to be established and operate, strengthen the powers of the Pensions Regulator, provide a framework to support pensions dashboards, create regulations on transfers between schemes, amend the legislation for the Pension Protection Fund