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Care home briefing 111 – The Queen’s Speech: Government plans to modernise adult social care and support

The Queen’s Speech on 9 May included reference to a draft bill to modernise adult care and support. The Department of Health have stated in their commentary on this that:

The main benefits of the draft Bill would be:

  • Modernising care and support law to ensure local authorities fit their service around the needs, outcomes and experience of people, rather than expecting them to adapt to what is available locally
  • Putting people in control of their care and giving them greater choice, building on progress with personal budgets
  • Consolidating the existing law by replacing provisions in at least a dozen Acts with a single statute, supported by new regulations and statutory guidance
  • Simplifying the system and processes, to provide the freedom and flexibility needed by local authorities and social workers to allow them to innovate and achieve better results for people
  • Giving people a better understanding of what is on offer, to help them plan for the future and ensure they know where to go for help when they need it

The main elements of the draft Bill are:

  • Modernising the legal framework for care and support, to support the vision of the forthcoming White Paper on care and support
  • Responding to the recommendations of the Law Commission , which conducted a three year review into social care law
  • Establishing Health Education England as a non-departmental public body
  • Establishing the Health Research Authority as a non-departmental public body
  • Creating a London Health Improvement Board

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First Chief Coroner of England and Wales Appointed

The first Chief Coroner has just been appointed: Judge Peter Thornton Q.C, a Senior Circuit Judge at the Old Bailey. He will take up the role of Chief Coroner with effect from September 2012. The post was created by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

It is intended to develop a national framework of rules and regulations under which Coroners will operate.

Inquests are becoming increasingly important and there is therefore likely to be further change in this key area of healthcare.


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