Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill (HC Bill 253)




Amend the definition of terminal illness in the Welfare Reform Act 2012; 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 Amendment of the Welfare Reform Act 2012

(1) The Welfare Reform Act 2012 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 82 (terminal illness) for subsection (4) substitute—

(4) For the purposes of this section a person is “terminally ill” at any time
5if at that time it is the clinical judgement of a health care professional
that the person has a progressive disease that can reasonably be
expected to cause the person’s death.

(4A) In subsection (4) “health care professional” means—

(a) a registered medical practitioner,

(b) 10a registered nurse, or

(c) a member of such other profession regulated by a body
mentioned in section 25(3) of the National Health Service
Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 as may be

2 15Financial provisions

(NONE) There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a) any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by the Secretary of
State, or by a government department, and

(b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act
20out of money so provided.

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3 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, and Scotland.

(2) This Act (other than this section) comes into force on such day as the Secretary
of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument appoint.

(3) 5This Act may be cited as the Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Act