Health Services Commissioning (Equality and Accountability) (No. 2) Bill (HC Bill 52)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision to reduce inequalities in the health care received by people
with mental illness and learning disabilities; to require commissioners of
health services to make an annual report to the Secretary of State on the
equality of service provision to, and the health outcomes for, such people and
of their qualitative experience of health care services; and for connected
purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Health service commissioning

(1) Commissioners of health services shall exercise their functions with a view to
ensuring that health services meet the needs of people with mental illness and
learning disabilities.

(2) 5Commissioners shall report on how they have met the requirement under
subsection (1) in their annual report to the Secretary of State under Section
14Z15 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

(3) A report, or part thereof, made under subsection 2 must set out the steps taken,
and outcomes achieved, in relation to how commissioners have—

(a) 10improved the quality of physical and mental health services in terms of
the patient experience;

(b) reduced inequalities in access to both physical and mental health
services for people with mental health problems or learning disabilities
or both; and

(c) 15reduced inequalities in both physical and mental health outcomes for
people with mental health problems or learning disabilities or both.

2 Short title, extent and commencement

(1) This Act may be cited as the Health Services Commissioning (Equality and
Accountability) Act 2016.

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(2) This Act extends to England.

(3) This Act shall come into force on the day after the day it receives Royal Assent.