On 11 July 2012, the HSCA 2012 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional, Savings and Transitory Provisions) Order 2012 was made. The Order, which will bring into force various provisions of the HSCA 2012 on 1 and 31 October 2012, is the second order to be made under the Act.
On 1 October 2012
- In part, sections 1, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 which establish the National Health Service Commissioning Board (the Board) and to confer on the Board the necessary powers and duties to enable it to prepare for the exercise of its full functions. The commencement of these provisions will enable the Board to determine applications for the establishment of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) from 1 October 2012; and confer on CCGs, the powers and duties necessary to enable them to prepare for exercising their full function.
It is envisaged that the provisions of the HSCA 2012 relating to the Board and CCGs will come fully into force on 1 April 2013.
- In part, section 22 which amends the National Health Service Act 2006 (NHSA 2006) to give the Secretary of State (SoS) the power to make arrangements with the Board or a CCG as to the exercise of the SoS's public health functions; and section 181 of the HSCA 2012 which amends the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in connection with the establishment of HealthWatch England as a statutory committee of the Care Quality Commission. (See Article 2(2), Order)
- Section 212(1) of the HSCA 2012 that provides for the abolition of the General Social Care Council.
On 31 October 2012
- Section 279 and Part 2 of Schedule 20 of the HSCA 2012, which together provide for the abolition of the NHS Appointments Commission established under the Health Act 2006 and for consequential amendments arising from that abolition (Article 2(3)).