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London Marathon, Legislative proposals, Mandate NHS England, Social Care

London Marathon, Legislative proposals, Mandate NHS England, Social Care

29th April 2019

This week on a Monday again after recess and Bank Holiday - I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter and congratulations to all of you incredible people who ran the London Marathon and raised money for a cause close to their heart, well done!!

Back to Parliament (where the Speaker mentioned at last week's PMQs that 'no fewer than 16 hon. and right hon. Members of the House were intending to take part in the London marathon') and upcoming health-related business in Parliament. For this week, I would recommend you give particular attention at what will be discussed in the Select Committees in both Houses this week. Tomorrow and Wednesday, the Health and Social Care Committee will hold their final two evidence sessions on the NHS Long-term Plan legislative proposals. And also tomorrow, Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP and Director General of Community and Social Care, DHSC, Jonathan Marron, will both appear before the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee. Watch all sessions live on And many more health-issues are to be discussed in Parliament - for instance World Immunization Week 2019 in the Commons and Tackling AMR in the Lords on Thursday.

For those of you wondering what Government's approach is to setting a mandate for NHS England 2019-20 after having missed the deadline, I refer to the debate between Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP and Minister for Health Stephen Hammond following Jon's urgent question last week Wednesday. Side-note: see here Jon's PB achieved at yesterday's London Marathon. On the same day, 25th April, was the first meeting of the NHS Assembly, which as Chris Ham tweets, promises 'a new way of doing business with diverse membership and national leaders willing to listen and learn'. 

Also last week, lots happening on Social Care as Labour published its proposals to solve the Social Care crisis. Read here NHS Confed Chief Exec and APHG advisor, Niall Dickson's comments on the debate. With the discussion still continuing today, we are still awaiting the Green Paper - read here  to the Ministers' response to our APHG co-chair Baroness Walmsley's question regarding the Workforce Strategy and Social Care Green Paper. Finally, if you are curious to understand all current healthcare system reform proposals in a larger context or would just like to see how much you know already - find here the Nuffield Trusts' interactive NHS Reform timeline since the 1940s and fun quiz to test yourself afterwards

Have a lovely week,

Best wishes,


Health Policy Manager

Policy Connect

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