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Can the Lansley reforms be undone?

The prime minister has once again opened the door to changes to the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the legislation introduced by former health secretary Andrew Lansley . The act is widely seen as dysfunctional, getting in the way of the more integrated care that it seeks to achieve.

But as a briefing from the King’s Fund explains, the act is not easy to unpick, and the parliamentary arithmetic is such that the chances of fresh legislation look slim. This short piece identifies some of the main complaints about how the current law operates, outlines some of the implications of trying to amend it, and asks what progress could be made within the existing legislation.