Regulating the Professionals: a Shakeup in Healthcare

3 November 2021 by

In the latest Episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English talks to Robert Kellar QC of 1 Crown Office row about the proposed reforms to the regulation of doctors, nurses, opticians, chiropractors and a range of other professionals in the world of healthcare. It’s particularly important to allow regulators to react to unexpected challenges, as we’ve found since the recent Covid-19 emergency.

As Robert explains, the proposals directed at overhauling the system of professional healthcare regulation aim to introduce greater consistency across the regulatory bodies (we have an impressive nine organisations at the moment). Whether this and other proposals to increase the autonomy of these bodies will increase public safety whilst still respecting practitioners’ rights remains to be seen.

Here are the links to the Government White Paper and the Consultation Paper discussed in Episode 151:

Integration and innovation: working together to improve heath and social care for all (published 11 February 2021)

Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public (published 24 March 2021)

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