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Sector Deal 2, HSSIB, Mental Health Act, Non-deal planning and non-Brexit Deal vote

Sector Deal 2, HSSIB, Mental Health Act, Non-deal planning and non-Brexit Deal vote

10th December 2018

To very briefly sum up the highlights of last week's political health news and announcements; Health Secretary Matt Hancock sent out an update to the health and social care sector on new plans for a non-deal Brexit scenario, he also announced together with Prof Sir John Bell and Business Secretary Greg Clark the Life Sciences Sector Deal 2, the government announced to be looking to introduce a revised Health and Service Safety Investigations Bill and Government commits to reform the Mental Health Act 1983 after an independent review set out its recommendations

Also, further details from what will be set out in the forthcoming NHS long term plan (NHS England has stated that it will be between 12th – 21st December) have been announced over the past few weeks; for instance, an expansion of perinatal mental health servicesnew funding for primary and community healthcare, but also what it won't cover. On 28th November, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens said thatthe NHS Long Term Plan won’t fully deal with workforce, capital and public health – and that government has no ‘durable answer’ on social care funding.

For more information on next steps and other things that might be or not be in the Long Term Plan, read here the latest NHS England December Stakeholder briefing or get in touch to sign up to receive the summary of our Pre-Publication Briefing on the NHS Long Term Plan with Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton taking place tomorrow.

Finally, tomorrow was also the day of the planned Brexit deal vote, a vote to give Parliamentarians their say on the Prime Ministers Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. However, in a statement earlier today, the Prime Minister has delayed the vote to seek further clarity in the next days to address concerns raised by MPs as to the Agreement.

Have a great week.

Best regards,

Emelie de WagtHealth Policy Manager, Policy Connect020 72028580