Evidence submission: Health Select Committee's inquiry into the Health and Social Care Act 2012

Our written response to the House of Commons Select Committee's inquiry into the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

This written submission considers the readiness of the NHS to move to the new system of commissioning and implement the other major health reforms introduced by the Act.

It argues that good progress has been made in establishing the new commissioning model, but highlights ongoing concerns about uncertainty and confusion, not helped by a lack of guidance in the system.

We also highlighted a risk of confused accountability and warned of the dangers of fragmentation, calling for the government to strengthen its commitment to integrated care.