The Health Bill has received Royal Assent making it the Health Act 2006.
This Act contains legislative changes that will "deliver a wide range of improvements to help people lead healthier lives and enjoy better health services", according to Public Health Minister Caroline Flint MP.
The Act contains sections on:
- restriction of the harmful effects of smoking in enclosed public spaces and workplaces
- raising hygiene standards by introducing a code of practice on healthcare associated infections
- new powers around the safe, appropriate and effective management and use of controlled drugs in response to the Shipman Inquiry
- delivery of better and more convenient community pharmacy and ophthalmic services
Action: The changes detailed in this act will be implemented over time and are likely to have wide ranging effects. More information is expected to be available immediately before each change.
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