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Health Act 2006

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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