Health and Care Bill — Clause 35 — Report on Assessing and Meeting Workforce Needs — 30 Mar 2022 at 19:00
The majority of MPs voted against increasing the frequency of reporting on the health workforce from every five years, to every two years and against making a series of requirements for the report including that it include current and projected workforce numbers, that it cover social care and public health.
The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 29.
Lords amendment 29 stated:
- Page 42, leave out lines 14 to 19 and insert—
- “(1) The Secretary of State must, at least once every two years, lay a report before Parliament describing the system in place for assessing and meeting the workforce needs of the health, social care and public health services in England.
- (2) This report must include—
- (a) an independently verified assessment of health, social care and public health workforce numbers, current at the time of publication, and the projected workforce supply for the following five, ten and 20 years; and
- (b) an independently verified assessment of future health, social care and public health workforce numbers based on the projected health and care needs of the population for the following five, ten and 20 years, taking account of the Office for Budget Responsibility long-term fiscal projections.
- (3) NHS England and Health Education England must assist in the preparation of a report under this section.
- (4) The organisations listed in subsection (3) must consult health and care employers, providers, trade unions, Royal Colleges, universities and any other persons deemed necessary for the preparation of this report, taking full account of workforce intelligence, evidence and plans provided by local organisations and partners of integrated care boards.
The section of the Bill the amendment sought to replace provided for a new section in the National Health Service Act 2006 stating:
- 1GA Secretary of State’s duty to report on workforce systems
- (1) The Secretary of State must, at least once every five years, publish a report describing the system in place for assessing and meeting the workforce needs of the health service in England.
- (2) NHS England and Health Education England must assist in the preparation of a report under this section, if requested to do so by the Secretary of State.”
-  Parliament's webpage on the Health and Care Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Health and Care Bill as brought from the Commons, 24 November 2021, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Health and Care Bill as brought from the Commons, 24 November 2021, Parliament.uk
-  Lords amendments to the Health and Care Bill, 24 March 2022, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Health and Care Bill, 24 March 2022, Parliament.uk
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||243 (+2 tell)||10||0||70.4%|
|Lab||0||135 (+2 tell)||0||68.5%|
|Peter Aldous||Waveney||Con (front bench)||no|
|Harriett Baldwin||West Worcestershire||Con (front bench)||no|
|Steve Brine||Winchester||Con (front bench)||no|
|Roger Gale||North Thanet||Con (front bench)||no|
|Damian Green||Ashford||Con (front bench)||no|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jeremy Hunt||South West Surrey||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jonathan Lord||Woking||Con (front bench)||no|
|Craig Mackinlay||South Thanet||Con (front bench)||no|
|Derek Thomas||St Ives||Con (front bench)||no|