Clause 13 — Regulation of the health professions

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:30 pm on 7th March 2011.

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Photo of Alan Reid Alan Reid Liberal Democrat, Argyll and Bute 9:30 pm, 7th March 2011

I suspect that if I respond to that intervention, Mr Hoyle, you will rule me out of order.

To go back in order, if as the SNP suggests all health care professions—doctors, dentists and so on—are regulated separately in Scotland, it would add more cost and bureaucracy. It would also mean that a doctor who is qualified in Scotland and who wants to move to England would have to get separate qualifications, and vice versa. That would not benefit patients, and nor would it assist professional development.