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Care Bill Timeline

The Care Bill is designed to create a single law for adult care and support, replacing pre-existing pieces of legislation. It also contains certain health measures which the College is interested in, including measures following the recommendations from Robert Francis' inquiry into Mid-Staffs, and provisions for establishing Health Education England and Local Education and Training Boards.

The following timeline shows the progress of the Care Bill (and its previous incarnation, the draft Care and Support Bill) and the activities undertaken by the College to disseminate its views on the Bill.

Royal College of Surgeons

Government and Key Stakeholders
14 January: The College submits written evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the Care Bill.

2014

16 December: The College publishes its latest briefing for the Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons.

2013

11 October: The College publishes its briefing note for the Report Stage of the Bill. This note looks at both the care standards aspects and education and training elements.

2013

16 October: It is expected that peers will begin debating Part 2 of the Bill (on Care Standards) on this date.

9 October: The Care Bill begins its Report Stage in the House of Lords.

7 June: The College publishes a briefing on the care standards provisions of the Bill, which were devised in response to the Francis Inquiry.

2013

10 &12 June: The Committee Stage debates continue, with discussions moving from education and training to care standards provisions.

4 June: The Bill begins its Committee Stage in the House of Lords. The first debate focuses on the education and training elements of the Bill.

31 May: The College publishes a briefing note on the education and training elements of the Bill ahead of its Committee Stage.

16 May: The RCS publishes a briefing on the Bill, ahead of its Second Reading (scheduled for 21 May).

2013

21 May: The Care Bill receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords.

14 May: The Government publishes its response to the Draft Care and Support Bill.

9 May: The Care Bill receives its First Reading.

2013

19 March: The draft Care and Support Bill Committee publishes its final report on the Bill.

31 January: The College's President, Professor Noman Williams, appears before the Committee to give evidence.

7 January: The College submits written evidence to the Committee on the education and training elements of the Bill.

2013

25 January: The Government announces that it will retain the Human Tissue Authority, as well as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It will launch an independent review into how both bodies carry out their functions.

January: The Committee continues its evidence sessions, hearing from SENSE, MIND and Carers UK, among others.

2012

December: The draft Care and Support Bill Committee begins pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill. It holds evidence sessions with a variety of stakeholders, including the Department of Health, Monitor and the Local Government Association.

2012

November: Parliament releases details of the peers and MPs who will sit as members of the draft Care and Support Bill Committee.

October: The College submits its response to the draft Bill.

2012

October: Consultation on the draft Bill closes.


2012

11 July: The Draft Care and Support Bill is published and opened for consultation.