Health Professions: Regulation

Department of Health written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Ben Howlett Ben Howlett Conservative, Bath

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he proposes for legislative reform of the regulation of health care professionals.

Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a bill to reform the regulation of healthcare professionals; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This Government is grateful for the work of the Law Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in reviewing the regulation of health and (in England) social care professionals.

The Law Commissions made 125 recommendations to reform the existing complex and burdensome regulatory system. The joint four UK country response to the Law Commissions was published on 29 January 2015 which accepted wholly or in part the vast majority of its recommendations.

The Department is currently reviewing how best to take forward the work of the Law Commissions. We hope to be able to provide an update on this work soon.

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