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Health: Private Healthcare Companies

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to change employment law to strengthen fitness-to-practise tests for people setting up and running private healthcare companies.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Providers of health and adult social care in England are required to meet a set of registration requirements that set the essential levels of safety and quality. If a new provider cannot meet these essential levels, it will not be registered and will not be able to carry on a regulated activity.

The department is reviewing how corporate bodies that provide health and adult social care services are held to account for the provision of poor and harmful care. The department aims to complete this review and to bring forward any proposals to improve the arrangements for corporate accountability in the spring. The review is considering both regulatory sanctions available to the Care Quality Commission and criminal sanctions. The department is also assessing whether a fit person test should be introduced for directors of providers of health and adult social care services.

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