APPG launches inquiry into the impacts of the Heath & Social Care Act (2012)
The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS has launched an inquiry into the impacts of the Health & Social Care Act (2012) on HIV services in England. The inquiry is in response to concerns raised by patient groups and service providers that the introduction of the act, in April 2013, has resulted in fragmentation of HIV services, blurred responsibility for standards and created geographical differences in service quality and availability.
Implementation of the act resulted in significant changes to the commissioning of key HIV services with responsibility being shared between local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England. This has given rise to concerns about the practical implications of the Act, including:
• the potential fragmentation of services
• the lack of accountability in local authorities tasked with maintaining treatment and prevention programmes
• the impacts of budget constraints on provision of services
• geographical differences in service quality and availability
• the lack of specialised HIV expertise within local authority commissioning bodies
The inquiry aims to identify what changes may be necessary to ensure the highest quality of HIV services are delivered whilst ensuring that the appropriate bodies have clearly defined budget responsibility and other accountability measures are in place to ensure that public funds are utilised most effectively. Written submissions can be submitted to the group until the 18th December.
Terms of reference and details on how to submit to the inquiry can be found at http://appghivaids.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdf/2015/HSC_Inquiry_TOR_F...