This briefing has been produced by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) ahead of the House of Commons health debate on the Queen’s speech on 28 June 2017.
The RCP welcomes the government’s commitments in the Queen’s speech to introduce a draft patient safety bill, update mental health legislation and consult on reform of social care provision. However, it is however concerning that the government did not use this opportunitiy to address some of the wider issues facing the delivery of healthcare such as the regulation of physician associates.
Furthermore, it is vital that Brexit negotiations do not overshadow the important decisions that still need to be made for the future of the NHS and its potential impact on patient care. This includes addressing staff shortages and tackling pressures from preventable illnesses like obesity.
The RCP calls on the government to ensure that patient care is at the heart of Brexit negotiations:
The RCP calls on the government to address the wider challenges facing the health service and:
For more information about this briefing, please email Methela Haque, RCP public affairs adviser: firstname.lastname@example.org.