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Health and Social Care Act becomes law

23rd July 2008

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 has received its Royal Assent and has become law, the Department of Health reports.

It aims to improve the quality and safety of care and enhance public health and encompasses a number of measures.

The act establishes the care quality commission to inspect, investigate and intervene in cases where care providers are not providing sufficient safety and quality.

It reforms the regulation of professionals to boost public and patient confidence in the care system and creates a new adjudicator to make independent decisions on healthcare professionals.

The act also updates public health protection legislation and allows for cash grants to pregnant women in the final stages of pregnancy, while strengthening the protection of the vulnerable in society .

Ben Bradshaw, health minister, said: “This act will help to protect the health, safety and welfare of those who use health and social care services.”

He added the Care Quality Commission would have “tough” new powers to inspect and take action in order to protect patients and other service users.

In May 2008, the government called on the NHS to do more to improve the quality of life for older people in society.

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