Duty to commission an independent evaluation: health and social care sectors

Part of Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:31 pm on 30th June 2020.

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‘(1) The Secretary of State shall commission an independent evaluation of the matters under subsection (5) and shall lay the report of the evaluation before each House of Parliament.

(2) The Secretary of State must appoint an independent person to undertake the evaluation (“the independent evaluator”).

(3) In this section, “independent person” means a person who is independent of Her Majesty’s Government.

(4) No person may be appointed under subsection (2) unless their appointment has been consented to by—

(a) the relevant Scottish Ministers;

(b) the relevant Welsh Ministers; and

(c) the relevant Northern Ireland Ministers.

(5) The evaluation under subsection (1) shall consider an assessment of the effects of this Act on—

(a) the health and social care workforce;

(b) the efficiency and effectiveness of the health and social care sectors;

(c) the adequacy of public funding for the health and social care sectors; and

(d) such other relevant matters as the independent evaluator sees fit.

(6) In undertaking the evaluation, the independent evaluator must consult—

(a) the Secretary of State;

(b) the relevant Scottish Ministers;

(c) the relevant Welsh Ministers;

(d) the relevant Northern Ireland Ministers;

(e) providers of health and social care services;

(f) persons requiring health and social care services;

(g) representatives of persons requiring health and social care services; and

(h) such other relevant persons as the independent evaluator sees fit.

(7) The independent evaluator must prepare a report on the evaluation for the Secretary of State.

(8) The Secretary of State must lay that report before Parliament no later than one year after this Act is passed.

(9) A Minister of the Crown must, not later than six months after the report has been laid before Parliament, make arrangements for—

(a) a motion relating to the report to be debated and voted upon by the House of Commons; and

(b) a motion relating to the report to be debated and voted upon by the House of Lords.’—(Brendan O'Hara.)

This new clause would require an independent evaluation of the impact of the Act upon the health and social care sectors across the UK to be produced and laid before Parliament. It would require that the devolved nations are consulted as well as other interested parties.

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