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Amending the 2012 Act: can it be done?

The Prime Minister has once again opened the door to changes to the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The Act is widely seen as dysfunctional, getting in the way of the more integrated care that it in fact seeks to achieve.

The Act, however, is not easy to unpick, and the parliamentary arithmetic is such that the chances of fresh legislation look slim. This short piece identifies some of the main complaints about how the current law operates; outlines some of the implications should attempts be made to amend it; and asks how far progress could be made within the existing legislation.