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HPC responds to consultation on the regulation of health care professionals

20 June, 2012
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The Health Professions Council (HPC) has welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Law Commission, Scottish Law Commission and Northern Ireland Law Commission joint consultation on the regulation of health care professionals in the UK and the regulation of social care professionals in England.

A HPC statement said: “In our view, the consultation proposals strike the appropriate balance between flexibility for the regulators, consistency and accessibility of statutory regulation and appropriate scrutiny and oversight. We particularly welcome the proposal to increase the parliamentary accountability of the regulators.

“Whilst the proposals overall will appropriately modernise and simplify the legislative framework, they may in places lead to an unhelpful divergence of approach across the regulators. We highlighted in our response the areas of importance for public protection and public confidence in statutory regulation. As well as where we considered it important for the statute to be prescriptive and for the regulators to be permitted less discretion than that proposed.”

SCoR Director of Professional Policy Audrey Paterson commented: “We are pleased to see that the HPC has given a detailed and considered response to the joint consultation. Taking heed of this response when developing legislation will help to ensure that public protection is enhanced, the rights of registrants to be dealt with fairly are preserved, and the distinction between regulators’ roles and responsibilities, and the roles and responsibilities of professional bodies are clear.

“The Society and College is developing its own response to this consultation and these three principles will be central to our response.”

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