Briefing: Proposals for possible changes to legislation

The NHS long term plan sets out NHS England's and NHS Improvement's (NHSE/I) view that the current policy direction towards collaboration and integration within local systems can "generally" be achieved within the current statutory framework, but that "legislative change would support more rapid progress". The plan included an overview of barriers to collaborative working which NHSE/I would like to address via legislative change. They have now published an engagement document, Implementing the NHS long term plan: proposals for possible changes to legislation, setting out their top level proposals for change. These were described in terms of the plan depending "mainly on collective endeavour", with local and national NHS bodies needing to work together to redesign care around patients.