The health service in England
The health service: overview
1Secretary of State’s duty to promote comprehensive health service
For section 1 of the National Health Service Act 2006 (Secretary of State’s duty to promote health service) substitute—
“1Secretary of State’s duty to promote comprehensive health service
(1)The Secretary of State must continue the promotion in England of a comprehensive health service designed to secure improvement—
(a)in the physical and mental health of the people of England, and
(b)in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental illness.
(2)For that purpose, the Secretary of State must exercise the functions conferred by this Act so as to secure that services are provided in accordance with this Act.
(3)The Secretary of State retains ministerial responsibility to Parliament for the provision of the health service in England.
(4)The services provided as part of the health service in England must be free of charge except in so far as the making and recovery of charges is expressly provided for by or under any enactment, whenever passed.”
2The Secretary of State’s duty as to improvement in quality of services
After section 1 of the National Health Service Act 2006 insert—
“1ADuty as to improvement in quality of services
(1)The Secretary of State must exercise the functions of the Secretary of State in relation to the health service with a view to securing continuous improvement in the quality of services provided to individuals for or in connection with—
(a)the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness, or
(b)the protection or improvement of public health.
(2)In discharging the duty under subsection (1) the Secretary of State must, in particular, act with a view to securing continuous improvement in the outcomes that are achieved from the provision of the services.
(3)The outcomes relevant for the purposes of subsection (2) include, in particular, outcomes which show—