Gender recognition and the rights of transgender people

This briefing paper considers the current law relating to legal gender recognition; the medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria; the current protections from discrimination; gender recognition and minors; the consultations on reform of the GRA; and the self-identification debate. …

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Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. This briefing paper was last updated on 13 July 2020.…

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Coronavirus: Overseas health and social care workforce

This Commons Library briefing paper considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the overseas health and social care workforce. The paper discusses the measures used to increase numbers of overseas staff during the pandemic, the immigration measures introduced for health and social care workers, and the potential implications for overseas recruitment.…

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E-petition debate: e-Petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers

On Thursday 25 June 2020, there will be a debate in the House of Commons on a number of e-petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers. The subject for the debate was determined by the Petitions Committee. Its Chair, Catherine McKinnell MP, will open the debate. Below are the associated e-petitions submitted to the Petitions Committee, relevant Committee proceedings and Library and other briefings on the health and social care sector.

The motion for debate is:

That this House has considered e-Petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers…

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The Immigration Health Surcharge

Most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to remain in the UK must pay an ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’ (IHS) to the Home Office, in addition to the immigration application fee. The Government has a manifesto commitment to increase the charge and extend it to EEA nationals after the Brexit transition period. The charge, and the proposed increases, have generated some controversy, particularly against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Following a recent change of policy, the Government now intends to exempt NHS and care workers from the IHS in the future, although it has not yet confirmed when this will take effect.…

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Covid-19 and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 18 June 2020 on the effect of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The debate will be opened by Dawn Butler MP.…

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The structure of the NHS in England

This Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the funding and accountability relationships within this NHS in England, and an introduction to the roles of key organisations including NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission. This briefing also highlights some key health policy issues, including patient safety, funding, and the integration of health and social care.…

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