The attached briefing gives a high level overview of the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 which will impact on the emerging market for NHS-funded healthcare services and individual providers in both the public and independent sectors. Many of these provisions have been trailed in detail in the White Paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, the Government's response to consultation and other related publications. The Bill does, however, provide welcome clarity in relation to the Government's precise intentions with regard to certain of its proposals, and the Department of Health's accompanying impact assessments for the Bill spell out the distortions in the market which the Government is keen to address...