P4: Explain How Two Examples of Legislations, Policies, Standards or Codes of Practice Have Influenced Health Provision

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I am going to be describing two main policies which influence the health care service.
Policies: “Reducing drugs misuse and dependence” and “Giving all children a healthy start in life”

Reducing drugs misuse and dependence
This policy was enforced because a statistic was made; that between 2011 and 2012, an estimated 8.9% of adults used an illegal drug. And 19.3% of young people aged between 16 and 24 also used an illegal drug. Drug misuse has a negative effect on the health, wellbeing and quality of life of too many people. It also drains public resources. Crimes related to drugs cost the UK £13.3 billion every year.
The aim of this policy is to reduce the number of people using illegal drugs and other harmful drugs and increase
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Drug classification is put into 1 of 3 groups’ A, B and C. Class A drugs are the most harmful. New psychoactive substances is a new drugs early warning system. There are many new drugs being discovered which cannot be classed as safe or legal, the new psychoactive substances service bans newly identified harmful drugs within days. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is the main law/legislation to control and classify drugs that are ‘dangerous or otherwise harmful’ when misused. The act makes it illegal for people to:
• possess illegal drugs
• supply or offer to supply illegal drugs (including giving them away for free or sharing with others)
• produce illegal drugs
• import or export illegal drugs
• allow a house, flat or office to be used by people to undertake any of these activities

Giving all children a healthy start in life
The main aim of this policy is to help children who grow up in the most at-risk families and to help parents give their children the best possible care. Also, to help children be as healthy as possible by preventing illness, and encouraging healthy behaviours from pregnancy and onwards.

One of the aims are to improve maternity care. This can be done by:
• Giving women a single, named midwife who will oversee their care during pregnancy and
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