On the day briefing: Secretary of state intervention powers in the reconfiguration of NHS services

Schedule 6 of the Health and Care Act 2022 established new powers for the secretary of state for health and social care in relation to NHS service reconfigurations, which come into force on 31 January 2024.

The Department for Health and Social Care has issued new statutory guidance about reconfiguring NHS services and ministerial powers of intervention in service changes.

Our briefing sets out what NHS trusts and foundation trusts should know about the new powers and the requirement for commissioners to notify the minister about substantial reconfigurations.