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NHS Reform

Proposed NHS reforms represent major changes in the ways in which health services will be commissioned and delivered in England.  The Church of England is an active participant in the ongoing debate.

In July 2010 the Coalition Government published the White Paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS

The Mission and Public Affairs Council submitted a response in November 2010.

Following publication of the Health and Social Care Bill in 2011, the Mission and Public Affairs Division prepared briefing papaers in April and October.

In February 2012 the Church of England's General Synod debated Health and the Church's Mission. The main report GS 1857 is available here, together with Annexe A and Annexe B. The Synod carried this motion:

 'That this Synod, mindful of Our Lord's ministry of healing and his charge to his disciples to heal the sick in his name:

(a) affirm the ministry of all who promote health and wholeness in body, mind and spirit, and, recognising in particular the role of chaplains in the NHS as an expression of the Church of England's commitment to minister to all in the community, whether as patients or healthcare workers, call upon Her Majesty's Government to ensure that chaplaincy provision remains part of the core structure of a National Health Service committed to physical, mental and spiritual health;

(b) call upon Her Majesty's Government to apply as the test to any proposed changes to the NHS whether they are best calculated to secure the provision throughout the country of effective and efficient healthcare services provided free at the point of delivery and according to clinical need;

(c) commend the work of mission agencies and the networks of the Anglican Communion in embodying the churches' contribution to health and wholeness and promoting fairer sharing of health resources worldwide.'

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