The controversial Health and Social Care Bill, which
contains proposals for foundation hospitals, has completed its
troubled passage through parliament.
The bill, which paves the way for the Commission for Social Care
Inspection, was only narrowly supported by MPs in the House of
Commons on each reading, but was rejected by the House of
But the lords finally gave in after warnings from government
ministers that they would not back down over foundation hospitals
even though time was running out in the current parliamentary
session – it was due to end on Thursday.
Other elements of the bill ( the full title is Health and Social
Care (Community and Health Standards) Bill) are:
– the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection
– the new GP contract, which includes opt-in clauses for them to
treat substance misusers and asylum seekers