Health outcomes and experience in the healthcare system – Government action
UK Government actions
- In March 2021, the UK Government confirmed £63 billion had been allocated for health and care services in 2020–21 to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19). It also confirmed an additional £1.65 billion to continue the vaccine deployment programme in England which, together with funding announced at Spending Review 2020, confirms £22 billion in 2021–22 to help health services address the pandemic.
- In February 2021, the UK Government published proposals for a Health and Care Bill to improve health and social care.
- In August 2020, the UK Government announced plans to replace Public Health England with a new agency designed to focus on public health protection and infectious diseases, the National Institute for Health Protection.
- In May 2020, the UK Government announced funding of over £22 million to health charities to enable them to meet demand for support during the pandemic.
- In March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 was passed. It enabled former healthcare professionals to return to work, and provided for public health measures and the restriction of new NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments.
- In March 2020, the NHS Funding Bill received Royal Assent, enshrining in law an extra £33.9 billion every year by 2024 for the NHS in England. This followed the announcement of a five-year funding settlement announced in 2018.
- In July 2019, the UK Government launched a consultation on the proposals in its green paper to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England.
- In March 2019, the UK Government appointed a National LGBT Health Advisor to advise on improving the care LGBT people receive when accessing health services.
- In January 2019, the UK Government published the NHS Long Term Plan which commits to addressing health inequalities and improving health outcomes across a range of clinical priorities.
- In April 2017, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch was set up to investigate patient safety incidents and concerns in NHS settings in England.
Welsh Government actions
Healthcare is devolved to the Welsh Government.
- In December 2020, the Welsh Government published Making rights work for older people: guidelines for health and social care.
- In November 2020, the Welsh Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Health Organization to promote health equity.
- In September 2020, the Welsh Government set out the Winter preparations by health and social services in response to the pandemic.
- In June 2020, the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act 2020 became law, including aims to strengthen quality of care and engagement with citizens. The Welsh Government seeks to bring the Act into force in 2022.
- In July 2019, the Welsh Government published a five-year vision for Maternity Care in Wales.
- In March 2019, the Welsh Government announced £10 million investment to improve health outcomes.
- The Welsh Government has published several plans which include reducing health inequalities for different groups: Transgender Action Plan (2016), a policy entitled Enabling Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers (GRT) (2018), the Learning Disability Improving Lives programme (2018), and a Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan (2019).
- In 2018, the Welsh Government committed to investing a further £192 million in 2019-20 to implement the long-term plan for health and social care in Wales.
- The Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 provides for regulations to be made about the use of ‘health impact assessments’ for proposed actions or decisions by public bodies, but this is not yet in force.
The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021