Informal Carers

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information about the number of informal carers in the UK and the issues they face. It also explains the rights, benefits and support available to informal carers as well as current and previous Government policy on caring.…

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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. First published on 7 April 2020, this briefing paper was last updated on 30 June 2020.…

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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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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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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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Tackling loneliness

The Government’s Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the Government would take to provide ‘national leadership’ to tackle loneliness in England. As well as explaining the Strategy and the steps taken so far by the Government, this briefing also looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on loneliness is also considered, alongside the measures introduced by the Government in response. Finally, this paper briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.…

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The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: summary of positions

The tables in this paper provide a summary of the UK and EU positions in the future relationship negotiations, based on their proposed draft treaty texts and other publicly available statements…

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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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Unavoidably small hospitals and equality of access to healthcare

On 24 March 2020 at 2.30pm, there was due to be a debate in Westminster Hall on “Unavoidably small hospitals and equality of access to healthcare”. The debate was to be led by Bob Seely MP. This debate did not take place, due to the passage of a motion on 19 March 2020 that “That there shall be no sittings in Westminster Hall with effect from Friday 20 March until the House otherwise orders”. …

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Nursing workforce shortage in England

There will be a debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 3 March at 9.30am on ‘Nursing workforce shortage in England’. The debate will be led by Mohammad Yasin MP. This debate pack provides some background information on these issues and brings together related news articles, press releases and parliamentary material…

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