On the day briefing: The Queen's Speech 2017
Yesterday marked the first Queen’s Speech of the new parliament. In the wake of a snap general election in which the Conservatives lost their majority, it was a muted affair – from the Queen’s attendance in civic wear to the scaled back, significantly less ambitious legislative programme presented by the Government.
Indicating the challenge the Government faces in passing controversial legislation, as well as the influence of Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – on whose support the Conservatives will rely when MPs vote on the two year legislative programme on Thursday 29 June – were the noticeable absences of manifesto commitments such as ending the pensions triple lock.
This briefing contains an overview of the areas within the Queen’s Speech of most relevance to the health and care sector, including details of the announced Draft Patient Safety Bill, reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 and consultation on social care, as well as a summary of relevant Brexit legislation and full list of bills announced yesterday.