MPs urge government to act quickly to strengthen health regulation

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4087
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government should act quickly to clarify what changes are being planned to the powers held by the various regulators of health professionals and professions allied to medicine, according to MPs.

Changes that will make regulators such as the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) more effective have been mentioned by the Department of Health, but a timescale or details on how they will be introduced have not been given.

The parliamentary health select committee published a report on 18 June based on its annual accountability hearing with the Health and Care Professions Council,1 which regulates 16 professions, including biomedical scientists, operating …

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