Health Care (Professional Standards)

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Conservative, Gosport 11:30 am, 27th March 2012

What steps he is taking to raise the professional standards of health care workers and care assistants.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Government have commissioned Skills for Health and Skills for Care to develop a code of conduct and minimum training standards for health care support workers and adult social care workers in England. That will inform the development of a system of assured voluntary registration for this group, which will be reviewed after it has been established for three years.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Conservative, Gosport

Have the Government made any assessment of the cost of rolling out mandatory regulations to health care support workers?

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

I will write to the hon. Lady with any specific details about the precise costs of rolling out such a register. I say to her that, for the first time, we have a Government who have decided that leaving unclarified the training requirements, standards and codes of conduct for health care assistants and care assistants is unacceptable. That is why we have commissioned this work. It will involve working with unions and other health care professionals to make sure we get those standards right, because we know that that is key to delivering dignified care.