Parliamentary briefing: the Health Bill second reading

The King's Fund has produced this briefing ahead of the second reading of the Health Bill in the House of Commons.

The briefing examines the measures outlined in the Bill to introduce a Constitution for the NHS; pilot direct payments for patients; require providers of NHS-funded care to produce annual quality accounts; and make further provisions on tobacco control.

Our analysis is based on a number of reports and responses to major government consultations that we have published recently: