Legislation to implement the government's primary care and quality reforms is expected to be announced in the Queen's speech next week.

The NHS Bill will enable the formal establishment of primary care groups, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the Commission for Health Improvement.

There is also speculation that the government may announce plans to overhaul the Pharmaceutical Prices Regulation Scheme to prevent 'abuses' by drug companies.

The state opening of Parliament takes place on Tuesday.